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April 22, 2013

MEN’S AND WOMEN’S TENNIS TO HOST BIG SKY TOURNAMENT THIS WEEK

For the sixth time in seven years, the Sacramento State men's and women's tennis programs will host the Big Sky Conference Tournament this Friday-Sunday, April 26-28, at the Gold River Racquet Club in Gold River, Calif.

Six teams from the 11-member league qualify for the men's and women's tournaments with quarterfinal play taking place on Friday, the semifinals on Saturday, and championship on Sunday.

The Hornet men and women both qualified for the tournament as the No. 1 seeds. The women's team will serve as the top seed for the 12th straight year after completing yet another perfect conference season (10-0). In fact, the squad has won 103 straight matches against Big Sky competition (regular season and tournament play), a streak which dates back to 2002. The men's team will serve as the No. 1 seed for the sixth time in seven years.

The men's tournament will begin on Friday at 10 a.m. with a pair of quarterfinal matches, and the women's tournament also begins on Friday with its quarterfinal matches beginning at 2 p.m. The men's semifinals on Saturday will begin at 10 a.m., and the women's semis at 2 p.m. The championship matches will take place on Sunday with the men going at 10 a.m., and the women at 2 p.m. Admission is free to all matches.

The tournament home page via www.hornetsports.com can be found by clicking here. The Big Sky's central championship page can be found by clicking here. Live results will be offered at the central championship page as well as twitter by clicking here. Live stats will be offered for both championship matches on Sunday inside the hornetsports.com tournament home page.

Sacramento State's women's team (11-13, 10-0) will attempt to win its 12th consecutive Big Sky Tournament championship while the men's team (15-12, 9-1) will attempt to win its 11th tournament title in 16 years.

The winner of the Big Sky Tournament receives the conference's automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament (first and second rounds take place May 10-12). The Hornet men (1999, 2001-03, 2007, 2009-12) and women (2002-12) have combined to make 20 NCAA Tournament appearances since 1999.
 
BIG SKY TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE


MEN'S TOURNAMENT (all matches at 10 a.m.)

 
Friday - Quarterfinals
No. 3 Montana (9-7, 8-2) vs. No. 6 Eastern Washington (9-12, 5-5)
No. 4 Idaho State (13-5, 8-2) vs. No. 5 Weber State (10-11, 6-4)

Saturday - Semifinals

No. 1 Sacramento State (15-12, 9-1) vs. Lowest Remaining Seed
No. 2 Montana State (13-7, 9-1) vs. Highest Remaining Seed

Sunday - Championship
Winner of Semifinal 1 vs. Winner of Semifinal 2

WOMEN'S TOURNAMENT (all matches at 2 p.m.)


Friday - Quarterfinals
No. 3 Northern Arizona (16-9, 8-2) vs. No. 6 Montana State (6-11, 5-5)
No. 4 Northern Colorado (12-7, 7-3) vs. No. 5 Southern Utah (11-7, 6-4)

Saturday - Semifinals

No. 1 Sacramento State (11-13, 10-0) vs. Lowest Remaining Seed
No. 2 Montana (14-7, 9-1) vs. Highest Remaining Seed

Sunday - Championship
Winner of Semifinal 1 vs. Winner of Semifinal 2

A LOOK AT THE SACRAMENTO STATE MEN'S TEAM

 
The Sacramento State men (15-12, 9-1) have won 11 of their last 14 matches after beginning the season with a 4-9 record. The Hornets are fielding a young team, as the squad uses sophomores at Nos. 1, 3, 4 and 6 in the lineup, a redshirt freshman at No. 5, and the lone senior at No. 2.

Sacramento State's lone conference loss came in nail biting fashion on the road against Idaho State (4-3). That marked one of just two losses by the Hornets against a Big Sky opponent since 2010 as the team has won 37 of its last 39 matches against a conference foe (regular season and tournament matches).

Since joining the conference in 1996-97, the Hornets have won 11 regular season titles (1998-99, 2001-03, 2007-11, 2013), 10 tournament championships (1998-99, 2001-03, 2007, 2009-12) and have advanced to the NCAA Tournament nine times (1999, 2001-03, 2007, 2009-12). The Big Sky champion did not receive an automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament until the 1999 season.

Sacramento State's lineup currently consists of Marek Marksoo (No. 1), Aliaksandr Malko (No. 2), Roy Brandys (No. 3), Sean Kolar (No. 4), Niranjan Ram (No. 5) and Tom Miller (No. 6). Marksoo has won 12 straight singles matches, is 15-3 this season, and is currently ranked 117th in the nation by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA). Kolar is a perfect 9-0 in singles play against Big Sky opposition, while Miller is 9-1 against league foes.

The Hornets have combined to go 44-32 in doubles matches, including a 12-4 record from the No. 1 doubles team of Malko and Marksoo.

A LOOK AT THE SACRAMENTO STATE WOMEN'S TEAM


You won't find a team in any sport within the Big Sky Conference that has been more dominant the last 12 years than the Sacramento State women's tennis team. Since 2002, the women have won 103 straight matches over Big Sky competition, a streak which includes regular season and tournament matches. This year, the Hornets outscored conference foes by a score of 64-6, posting 7-0 victories in five of the 10 matches.
 
The team, which is currently 11-13 overall and 10-0 in the conference, has won each of the last 11 Big Sky Tournament championships and has advanced to the NCAA Tournament each of those years, a streak which began in 2002. In addition, a Sacramento State player has earned Big Sky Most Valuable Player honors every year since 2003.

Sacramento State's lineup currently consists of Rebeca Delgado (No. 1), Jennifer Nguyen (No. 2), Sophie Lohscheidt (No. 3), Olivia Boija (No. 4), Katharina Knoebl (No 5) and Saskia Angerer (No. 6). Delgado, Nguyen and Boija are all a perfect 10-0 against conference competition this season while Knoebl is 8-0.

Overall, the team has combined to go 38-29 in doubles matches, including a 14-7 record from the combination of Knoebl and Nguyen.


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