SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The Sacramento State men's tennis team split a pair of 4-3 matches, including beating Northern Arizona in the team's Big Sky Conference opener. The Hornets fell to UT Arlington this morning before coming back a couple hours later to knock off the Lumberjacks.
Sacramento State, which is the middle of a stretch that will see the team play five home matches in six days, moved its record to 4-8 overall and 1-0 in the Big Sky. The Hornets have used a lineup consisting of five underclassmen in every competition this season, and nine of the team's 12 matches thus far have been decided by 4-3 or 5-2 outcomes.
In the team's win over NAU, the Lumberjacks held a 3-1 lead in the match until the Hornets posted three straight singles wins from Marek Marksoo (6-4, 6-4 at No. 1), Aliaksandr Malko (6-4, 6-4 at No. 2) and Tom Miller (6-1, 4-6, 6-4) to claim the victory. Playing in his first singles match of the season, freshman Henrik Raag won in straight sets at No. 6 by a 6-2, 6-1 score.
Northern Arizona won the doubles point by virtue of taking two of the three doubles matches (Malko/Marksoo was the only Hornet tandem to win in doubles).
The loss to UT Arlington couldn't have been much closer as three different matches went to a tiebreaker in at least one set. That included the match-clinching point for the Mavericks. With the match tied at 3-3, it all came down to Court #3 where Carlos Arbiza eventually outlasted the Hornets' Roy Brandys, 6-4, 2-6, 7-6 (7-4 in the tiebreaker). Brandys was playing in just his second match of the season at No. 3 after spending the majority of the season as the team's No. 4 player.
Marksoo (7-6, 6-3 at No. 1), Malko (6-4, 4-6, 7-6 at No. 2) and Miller (6-3, 6-2 at No. 6) all picked up singles victories for the Hornets. UT Arlington also won the doubles point by virtue of a tiebreaker as the tandem of Soren Goritzka and Marek Pesicka beat Malko/Marksoo, 9-8 (4) after the teams split the first two doubles matches.
With two more victories today, Marksoo won his sixth straight singles match and improved to 8-2 at No. 1 in the team's lineup. Malko has now won three straight, and four of his last five singles matches.
The Hornets conclude their five-game homestand with matches tomorrow against Nevada (1 p.m.) and Tuesday against Big Sky foe Montana State (12 p.m.).
Mar 09, 2013 at Sacramento, Calif.
(Rio Del Oro Racquet Club)
Sacramento State 4, Northern Arizona 3
1. MARKSOO, Marek (SAC) def. WATERS, Shaun (NAU) 6-4, 6-4
2. MALKO, Aliaksandr (SAC) def. SCHIMMELBAUER, P (NAU) 6-4, 6-4
3. BERMUDEZ, Dominic (NAU) def. BRANDYS, Roy (SAC) 6-4, 6-2
4. MARTIN, Robert (NAU) def. RAM, Niranjan (SAC) 6-1, 6-4
5. MILLER, Tom (SAC) def. BLACK, Kester (NAU) 6-1, 4-6, 6-4
6. RAAG, Henrik (SAC) def. BARRIOS, Alan (NAU) 6-2, 6-1
1. MALKO, Aliaksandr/MARKSOO, Marek (SAC) def. BLACK, Kester/WATERS, Shaun (NAU) 8-5
2. BERMUDEZ, Dominic/SCHIMMELBAUER, P (NAU) def. KOLAR, Sean/MILLER, Tom (SAC) 9-7
3. UNGER, Trevor/MARTIN, Robert (NAU) def. BRANDYS, Roy/RAAG, Henrik (SAC) 8-6
Northern Arizona 2-11, 0-2
Sacramento State 4-8, 1-0
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (6,4,3,2,1,5)
UT Arlington 4, Sacramento State 3
1. MARKSOO, Marek (SAC) def. Yakauleu, Yauheni (UTA) 7-6 (7-3), 6-3
2. MALKO, Aliaksandr (SAC) def. Goritzka, Soren (UTA) 6-4, 4-6, 7-6 (7-3)
3. Arbiza, Carlos (UTA) def. BRANDYS, Roy (SAC) 6-4, 2-6, 7-6 (7-4)
4. Erimicioiu, Sebastia (UTA) def. KOLAR, Sean (SAC) 6-1, 6-3
5. Pesicka, Marek (UTA) def. RAM, Niranjan (SAC) 3-6, 6-1, 6-4
6. MILLER, Tom (SAC) def. Williams, Stefan (UTA) 6-3, 6-2
1. Goritzka, Soren/Pesicka, Marek (UTA) def. MARKSOO, Marek/MALKO, Aliaksandr (SAC) 9-8 (7-4)
2. Arbiza, Carlos/Yakauleu, Yauheni (UTA) def. MILLER, Tom/KOLAR, Sean (SAC) 8-2
3. BRANDYS, Roy/RAAG, Henrik (SAC) def. Gomez, Sebastian/Perez, Javier (UTA) 8-4
UT Arlington 4-4
Sacramento State 3-8
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (6,4,5,1,2,3)
August 12, 2013 MEN’S TENNIS EARNS ITA ACADEMIC TEAM AND INDIVIDUAL ACCOLADES
July 3, 2013 HORNETS EARN 29 SPRING BIG SKY All-ACADEMIC HONORS
April 7, 2013 MEN’S TENNIS CONCLUDES ROAD TRIP WITH 4-3 LOSS AT IDAHO
April 2, 2013 RAM NAMED BIG SKY MEN’S TENNIS PLAYER OF THE WEEK
April 1, 2013 MEN'S TENNIS WINS FIFTH STRAIGHT, DEFEATS MONTANA, 6-1
March 30, 2013 MEN’S TENNIS PICKS UP A PAIR OF CONFERENCE WINS
March 24, 2013 MEN’S TENNIS POSTS 4-3 COMEBACK WIN AT LOYOLA MARYMOUNT
March 23, 2013 MEN’S TENNIS WINS AT UC RIVERSIDE, 6-1
March 17, 2013 MEN’S TENNIS SPLITS A PAIR OF CONFERENCE MATCHES ON THE ROAD
March 12, 2013 MARKSOO NAMED BIG SKY TENNIS PLAYER OF THE WEEK....AGAIN
March 12, 2013 MEN’S TENNIS CRUSHES PREVIOUSLY UNBEATEN MONTANA STATE
March 7, 2013 MEN’S TENNIS BATTLES #24 CAL, BUT FALLS IN THE END, 5-2
March 1, 2013 MEN’S TENNIS FALLS TO PACIFIC, 5-2
February 26, 2013 MARKSOO EARNS FOURTH CAREER BIG SKY TENNIS PLAYER OF THE WEEK AWARD
February 23, 2013 MEN’S TENNIS ERASES 3-1 DEFICIT TO DEFEAT UC DAVIS
February 16, 2013 MEN’S TENNIS FALLS AT NATIONALLY RANKED SANTA CLARA, 5-2
February 10, 2013 CLOSE MATCH GOES AGAINST MEN'S TENNIS AT USF
January 22, 2013 MARKSOO OPENS TENNIS SEASON WITH BIG SKY PLAYER OF THE WEEK HONORS
January 20, 2013 MEN'S TENNIS FALLS IN CLOSE CONTEST AT HAWAI'I
January 15, 2013 MEN’S TENNIS FALLS AT #10 STANFORD IN SEASON OPENER
July 19, 2012 MARKSOO AND MALKO EARN ITA SCHOLAR-ATHLETE ACCOLADES