SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- The Sacramento State men's tennis team welcomes 24th-ranked Cal to Rio Del Oro Racquet Club for a non-conference matchup today at 2:45 p.m.
A threat of rain is in the forecast, and should Sacramento receive rainfall, the match would be moved to Spare Time Indoor Tennis Center in Gold River.
Since joining the Div. I ranks in 1992, the Hornets have never had a home match against Cal. In fact, the two teams have played just three times during the Div. I era, and each matchup took place in Berkeley. That includes meetings in 2000, 2003 and 2012. The Golden Bears were victorious in each of those contests, including a 6-1 decision last year and a 4-0 win in the first round of the 2003 NCAA Tournament.
The Hornets, who have played one senior and five underclassmen in every match thus far, enter today's match with a 3-6 record. That includes victories over UC Davis and Fresno State. The Hornets' No. 1 player, Marek Marksoo, has a team-best 6-3 record in singles play while No. 5 Niranjan Ram is 5-4. The No. 1 doubles team of Marksoo and Aliaksandr Malko are 6-2.
Cal, which defeated 49th-ranked Stanford earlier this year by a 5-2 score, currently has four players nationally ranked by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA). Those include Christoffer Konigsfeldt (#34), Ben McLachlan (#56), Campbell Johnson (#69) and Chase Melton (#117).
Today begins a stretch that will see the Hornets play five home matches in a span of six days. That incudes matchups with UT Arlington (10 a.m.) and Northern Arizona (3 p.m.) on Saturday, Nevada on Sunday, and Montana State on Tuesday. The match against Northern Arizona is the team's Big Sky Conference opener.