HONOLULU -- Sacramento State received singles victories from Roy Brandys, Niranjan Ram and Tom Miller, but it was not enough in a 4-3 loss at Hawai'i Friday afternoon at the UH Tennis Complex.
The match marked the season opener for Hawai'i (1-0) while the Hornets dropped to 0-2. Sacramento State will conclude its stretch of three matches in three days in Honolulu tomorrow when the team plays BYU-Hawai'i.
The Rainbow Warriors began the match by winning at Nos. 1 and 2 doubles to earn what turned out to be a pivotal doubles point.
After a victory by the Hornets' Miller in singles play at No. 5 (6-2, 6-4) evened the match at 1-1, Hawai'i ran off three consecutive wins at Nos. 1, 6 and 4 to clinch the necessary four points for victory. At No. 1, Sacramento State's Marek Marksoo had to retire trailing 6-3, 3-2, because of injury.
Brandys then won his match in three sets at No. 2 (5-6, 6-3, 6-1) and Ram won his match in three sets at No. 3 by a 6-2, 4-6, 6-2 score.
The Hornets played the match without junior Sean Kolar, who is out with a knee injury. Kolar, who was a first team all-Big Sky Conference selection last year, would likely be playing at No. 2 in the team's lineup if healthy.