SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Sacramento State's Roy Brandys, Sean Kolar, Niranjan Ram, Tom Miller and Henrik Raag were all victorious in singles play to lead the Hornets to a 6-1 victory over Montana in a Big Sky Conference men's tennis match Monday afternoon at Rio Del Oro Racquet Club.
With the win, the Hornets improved to 12-10 overall and 7-1 in the Big Sky, and now sit in second place in the league standings behind Idaho State (6-0) with two conference matches remaining on the schedule. In addition, Sacramento State has now won a season-high five matches in a row, and eight of its last nine.
With the loss, Montana (5-6, 4-1) fell for the first time all season against a conference opponent.
Sacramento State's Marek Marksoo missed today's match with an ankle injury and the remainder of the team had to move up one spot in the team's singles lineup. That didn't hinder the Hornets as Brandys (6-2, 1-6, 7-6 at No. 2), Kolar (6-3, 6-4 at No. 3), Ram (6-2, 6-2 at No. 4), Miller (6-3, 6-1 at No. 5) and Raag (6-4, 3-6, 12-10 at No. 6) were all victorious.
The Hornets won two of the three doubles matches to pick up the point as the tandems of Aliaksandr Malko/Miller (8-5 at No. 1) and Raag/Ram (8-4 at No. 3) were each victorious.
"Every player stepped it up today, and I'm really impressed by the team's toughness," Sacramento State assistant coach Kevin Kurtz said.
The Hornets will now embark upon a road trip that will see the team play four matches in four days, including matchups at Portland (April 4), Portland State (April 5), Eastern Washington (April 6) and Idaho (April 7).
Montana vs Sacramento State
Apr 01, 2013 at Sacramento, Calif.
(Rio Del Oro Racquet Club)
Sacramento State 6, Montana 1
1. Mikolaj Caruk (UM) def. MALKO, Aliaksandr (SAC) 6-4, 6-4
2. BRANDYS, Roy (SAC) def. Andrew Warren (UM) 6-2, 1-6, 7-6 (12-10)
3. KOLAR, Sean (SAC) def. Michael Facey (UM) 6-3, 6-4
4. RAM, Niranjan (SAC) def. Ethan Vaughn (UM) 6-2, 6-2
5. MILLER, Tom (SAC) def. Semion Branzburg (UM) 6-3, 6-1
6. RAAG, Henrik (SAC) def. Eric Braun (UM) 6-4, 3-6, 12-10
1. MALKO, Aliaksandr/MILLER, Tom (SAC) def. Michael Facey/Mikolaj Caruk (UM) 8-5
2. Andrew Warren/Ethan Vaughn (UM) def. BRANDYS, Roy/KOLAR, Sean (SAC) 8-4
3. RAAG, Henrik/RAM, Niranjan (SAC) def. Semion Branzburg/Eric Braun (UM) 8-4
Montana 5-6, 4-1
Sacramento State 12-10, 7-1
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (4,5,3,1,6,2)