SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Sacramento State sophomore Marek Marksoo was named the Big Sky Conference Men's Tennis Player of the Week after posting a 3-1 singles record and a 2-1 doubles mark in the team's opening week of the season.
Despite the Hornets going 1-3 last week, Marksoo was impressive, and picked up where he left off last season. A first team all-league selection last year as a freshman, Marksoo earned his third career Big Sky player of the week award.
The Tallinn, Estonia, native went 1-1 at No. 2 singles during the first two matches of the season before being elevated to No. 1 singles where he posted a perfect 2-0 record. Marksoo began last year as the team's No. 5 singles player, and in less than one calendar year, has now worked his way up to the No. 1 on the Hornets' ladder.
In doubles play, he teamed with Aliaksandr Malko at No. 1 to beat teams from UC Irvine and Hawai'i Pacific. The team's lone doubles loss was an 8-6 defeat at 10th-ranked Stanford. Marksoo and Malko's doubles match Sunday at Hawai'i went unfinished after the Warriors already secured the necessary two victories to gain the doubles point.
In singles play, Marksoo beat players from Hawai'i, UC Irvine and Hawai'i Pacific. His only loss came at No. 2 to Stanford's Matt Kandath in three sets (0-6, 6-3, 6-3).
For his career, Marksoo is now 20-4 in singles play, and 12-9 in doubles play. The loss to Stanford's Kandath snapped a string of 11 straight singles victories dating back to last season.
Sacramento State, which is the defending Big Sky Tournament champions, played four matches last week in a span of six days. The team does not return to action until facing San Francisco on the road on Feb. 10.
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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
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March 1, 2013 MEN’S TENNIS FALLS TO PACIFIC, 5-2
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February 16, 2013 MEN’S TENNIS FALLS AT NATIONALLY RANKED SANTA CLARA, 5-2
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