GOLD RIVER, Calif. — Sacramento State's Aliaksandr Malko, Sean Kolar and Niranjan Ram each posted straight-set victories to lead the Hornets to a 4-0 win over Weber State in the semifinals of the Big Sky Conference Men's Tennis Tournament on Saturday afternoon at the Gold River Racquet Club.
The other three singles matches that had yet to finish were halted because Sacramento State already had the necessary four points for victory.
With the victory, Sacramento State (16-12) has now won 12 of its last 15 matches and will have an opportunity to win the Big Sky Tournament championship tomorrow when the team faces No. 3 seed Montana at 10 a.m. The winner of tomorrow's match will receive an automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament. Montana advanced to the championship after defeating No. 2 seed Montana State this morning by a 4-0 score. Weber State finished its season with an 11-12 record.
The Hornets, who earned the No. 1 seed at the tournament after sharing the league's regular season title with Montana State, will look to qualify for the NCAA Div. I Tournament for the 10th time in school history. Since joining Big Sky in 1996-97, the Hornets have won 11 regular season titles (1998-99, 2001-03, 2007-11, 2013), and will look for their 11th tournament championship (1998-99, 2001-03, 2007, 2009-12) tomorrow.
Sacramento State got things started today by winning two of the three doubles matches to earn the doubles point. The doubles teams of Marek Marksoo and Malko won at No. 1 by an 8-3 score, and Tom Miller and Henrik Raag at No. 3 were victorious by an 8-2 score.
In singles play, Malko defeated Toff Dought (6-3, 6-1) at No. 2 to give the Hornets a 2-0 lead. Kolar then won his match at No. 4 (6-4, 6-0), and Ram followed with a 6-1, 6-3 victory at No. 5 to complete the 4-0 victory.
Sacramento State, which went 9-1 in conference play this year, has now won each of its last seven matches against a Big Sky opponent. That includes a 6-1 home win over Montana on April 1.
Live stats will be available for tomorrow's championship match inside the tournament home page by clicking here.
Weber State vs Sacramento State
Apr 27, 2013 at Gold River, Calif.
(Gold River Racquet Club)
Sacramento State 4, Weber State 0
1. #117 MARKSOO, Marek (SAC) vs. GEWERT, Jakub (WSU) unfinished
2. MALKO, Aliaksandr (SAC) def. FOUGHT, Todd (WSU) 6-3, 6-1
3. BRANDYS, Roy (SAC) vs. GOOD, Oliver (WSU) unfinished
4. KOLAR, Sean (SAC) def. POITENA, Caio (WSU) 6-4, 6-0
5. RAM, Niranjan (SAC) def. GOSWAMI, Sanjay (WSU) 6-1, 6-3
6. MILLER, Tom (SAC) vs. GARNER, Ryan (WSU) unfinished
1. MARKSOO, Marek/MALKO, Aliaksandr (SAC) def. GOOD, Oliver/POITENA, Caio (WSU) 8-3
2. KOLAR, Sean/BRANDYS, Roy (SAC) vs. GOSWAMI, Sanjay/FOUGHT, Todd (WSU) unfinished
3. MILLER, Tom/RAAG, Henrik (SAC) def. GARNER, Ryan/TRABERT, Anthony (WSU) 8-2
Weber State 11-12
Sacramento State 16-12
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1); Singles (2,4,5)
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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