HONOLULU — Sacramento State won the doubles point and got a singles win from sophomore Marek Marksoo, but it was not enough as the Hornets fell to Hawai'i Pacific, 5-2, in a non-conference men's tennis match Friday morning at the UH Tennis Complex.
Hawai'i Pacific is currently ranked fifth in the nation in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association's Div. II rankings, and reached the NCAA Div. II National Quarterfinals last season.
The match was the second of the season for the Hornets (0-2) and first for the Sea Warriors (1-0). Sacramento State, which opened the year on Tuesday with a loss to 10th-ranked Stanford, will also play UC Irvine and Hawai'i in Honolulu over the weekend.
The Hornets won all three doubles matches to pick up the point as the teams of Aliaksandr Malko/Marksoo (8-5 at No. 1), Tom Miller/Sean Kolar (8-6 at No. 2) and Niranjan Ram/Roy Brandys (8-7 at No. 3) were all victorious.
However, Hawai'i Pacific won five of the six singles matches, including four of those in straight sets. The lone winner for the Hornets was Marksoo, who knocked off Gerald Moretti at No. 2 by a 6-1, 6-1 score. Miller took Maxime Halflants to three sets at No. 5 singles before falling, 7-5, 4-6, and 13-11 in the super tiebreaker.
The Hornets used one senior, four sophomores and one redshirt freshman in today's match.
Sacramento State will take on UC Irvine tomorrow at 1 p.m. PST, and face host Hawai'i on Sunday at 11 a.m. PST.
Hawai'i Pacific vs Sacramento State
Jan 18, 2013 at Honolulu, Hawaii
(UH Tennis Complex)
Hawai'i Pacific 5, Sacramento State 2
1. Petr Michnev (HPU) def. MALKO, Aliaksandr (SAC) 6-1, 6-2
2. MARKSOO, Marek (SAC) def. Gerald Moretti (HPU) 6-1, 6-1
3. Adriano Locorotondo (HPU) def. KOLAR, Sean (SAC) 7-5, 6-3
4. Max Hertl (HPU) def. BRANDYS, Roy (SAC) 6-2, 6-3
5. Maxime Halflants (HPU) def. MILLER, Tom (SAC) 7-5, 4-6, 13-11
6. Clemens Graute (HPU) def. RAM, Niranjan (SAC) 6-3, 6-2
1. MALKO, Aliaksandr/MARKSOO, Marek (SAC) def. Petr Michnev/Max Hertl (HPU) 8-5
2. MILLER, Tom/KOLAR, Sean (SAC) def. Gerald Moretti/Maxime Halflants (HPU) 8-6
3. RAM, Niranjan/BRANDYS, Roy (SAC) def. Adriano Locorotondo/Clemens Graute (HPU) 8-7 (7-4)
Hawai'i Pacific 1-0
Sacramento State 0-2
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (1,6,2,3,4,5)