SACRAMENTO, Calif. — After winning the conference tournament and taking home its fifth straight Big Sky Tournament title and 11th in the last 16 years, the Sacramento State men's tennis team was rewarded with five players receiving all-league recognition.
The list is headlined by sophomore Marek Marksoo, who was named the conference's co-Most Valuable Player with Eastern Washington's Joseph Cohen. Joining Marksoo on the first team for the Hornets was sophomore Sean Kolar, while senior Aliaksandr Malko was named to the second team, and sophomores Tom Miller and Roy Brandys each received honorable mention recognition.
Playing on a team that routinely used a redshirt freshmen, four sophomores and a senior in the singles lineup, Marksoo (No. 1), Malko (No. 2), Brandys (No. 3), Kolar (No. 4) and Miller (No. 6) were each recognized today.
On the heels of a 17-13 overall record and a 9-1 mark against conference teams, Sacramento State won the Big Sky Tournament championship last weekend after beating Weber State and Montana. The Hornets will play in the first round of the NCAA Tournament in Los Angeles on Friday, May 10, at 2 p.m. against No. 4 seed USC.
In his second season with the Hornets, Marksoo earned first team all-league honors for the second time, and MVP accolades for the first time…currently has a 16-3 singles record, and has won each of his last 13 matches…began the season as the team's No. 2 player, but moved up to No. 1 after two matches…three-time Big Sky Player of the Week selection…went 5-0 in singles play against Big Sky competition, missing the other matches because of an ankle injury…beat Montana's Mikolaj Caruk, 6-0, 6-0, in the Big Sky Tournament championship match…is currently ranked 117th in the nation by the ITA, and qualified for the NCAA Singles Championships on May 22-27…also posted a 13-4 doubles record with teammate Aliaksandr Malko (all at No. 1)
In his second year with the Hornets, Kolar earned all-conference accolades for the first time…played at both No. 3 and 4 in the team's lineup this year…posted a perfect 11-0 record against Big Sky opponents, including a 2-0 mark in the conference tournament…his 6-4, 6-4 win over Montana's Michael Facey clinched the Big Sky Tournament title for the Hornets…has won 15 of his last 17 singles matches after dropping the first 11 matches of the year…is 15-13 overall in singles play, including a 7-2 mark at No. 4…went 14-14 in doubles play, including 7-3 in conference matches.
In his third season, Malko is the lone senior on this year's squad…a two-time all-conference selection…currently 16-13 in singles play, including 14-8 at No. 2…won both his matches in the Big Sky Tournament in straight sets…will bring a five-match winning streak into the NCAA Tournament…went 7-5 in singles play against conference opponents…posted a team-best 19-5 doubles record (all at No. 1)…that included a 9-1 mark against league opposition.
In his second season with the Hornets, Brandys earned all-league recognition for the first time…played at four spots in the team's singles lineup (Nos. 1, 2, 3 and 4)…currently has 11 singles wins this year, including a 7-3 mark against league opposition…also had 13 wins in doubles play, including 8-3 against conference competition…went 10-5 in the No. 2 doubles slot of the team's lineup.
In his second year at Sacramento State, Miller earned all-league honors for the first time…has an 18-9 singles record, including 11-7 at No. 5 and 7-2 at No. 6…also went 9-1 against Big Sky competition…has won four straight, and nine of his last 10 singles matches…named Big Sky Player of the Week on March 26…is 17-11 in doubles play, and played at Nos. 1, 2 and 3 in the team's doubles lineup…went 9-2 against Big Sky opposition.