LEWISTON, Idaho — Sacramento State won the doubles point, and received singles victories from Aliaksandr Malko and Tom Miller, but it was not enough in the Hornets' 4-3 loss to Idaho Sunday morning in a non-conference men's tennis match played at Lewis-Clark State College.
Sacramento State (14-12) has still won 10 of its last 13 matches despite the loss, with eight of those matches coming on the road. In fact, today's contest ended a run that saw the Hornets play four road matches in a span of four days. Among those outcomes were a 5-2 loss at Portland on Thursday, 5-2 wins over Big Sky foes Portland State and Eastern Washington on Friday and Saturday, respectively, and today's 4-3 loss.
With the victory, Idaho improved to 20-4 overall this season. The Vandals are currently ranked 67th in the nation by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association.
The Hornets opened the match by getting doubles wins from the tandems of Malko / Miller (8-5 at No. 1) and Henrik Raag / Niranjan Ram (8-5 at No. 3) to secure an important doubles point.
Sacramento State then took a 2-0 lead after Malko dominated his opponent at No. 2 singles by a 6-0, 6-1 score. However, Idaho won the next four singles matches to clinch the win. Each of those wins came in straight sets against the Hornets' Roy Brandys at No. 1, Sean Kolar at No. 3, Ram at No. 4 and Raag at No. 6. Kolar had his career-high six-match singles winning streak snapped with the loss.
Miller provided the Hornets their third point with his 6-4, 2-6, 7-5 win at No. 5.
For the seventh straight match, Sacramento State was playing without their top player Marek Marksoo because of an ankle injury. Marksoo plays at No. 1 in the team's lineup, and is 14-3 in singles play, which includes a current 11-match winning streak.
The Hornets will take a much-needed 13 days off before their final regular season contest of the season at home against Saint Mary's on April 21. Sacramento State will then host the Big Sky Tournament at the Gold River Racquet Club on April 26-28, where the team will attempt to win its fifth straight Big Sky Tournament championship. The Hornets finished the conference season with a 9-1 record and will either be the No. 1 or 2 seed at the tournament, and receive a first-round bye.
Sacramento State vs Idaho
Apr 07, 2013 at Lewiston, Idaho
(Lewis-Clark State College)
#67 Idaho 4, Sacramento State 3
1. Dmitry Perevoshchiko (IDA) def. BRANDYS, Roy (SAC) 6-2, 6-2
2. MALKO, Aliaksandr (SAC) def. Abid Akbar (IDA) 6-0, 6-1
3. Jose Bendeck (IDA) def. KOLAR, Sean (SAC) 7-6 (7-5), 6-2
4. Cristobal Ramos (IDA) def. RAM, Niranjan (SAC) 6-4, 6-4
5. MILLER, Tom (SAC) def. Cesar Torres (IDA) 6-4, 2-6, 7-5
6. Ivan Krijanto (IDA) def. RAAG, Henrik (SAC) 7-6 (7-0), 6-2
1. MALKO, Aliaksandr/MILLER, Tom (SAC) def. Dmitry Perevoshchiko/Abid Akbar (IDA) 8-5
2. Jose Bendeck/Cristobal Ramos (IDA) def. BRANDYS, Roy/KOLAR, Sean (SAC) 8-0
3. RAAG, Henrik/RAM, Niranjan (SAC) def. Ivan Krijanto/Matt Oddonetto (IDA) 8-5
Sacramento State 14-12
Idaho 20-4; National ranking #67
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (2,1,3,4,6,5)
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