SHORT-HANDED MEN’S TENNIS EARNS FIRST WIN OF THE SEASON
HONOLULU -- Sacramento State received singles victories from juniors Roy Brandys and Tom Miller, sophomore Joaquin Marquez and freshman Ayman Abdulwahab to highlight the Hornets' 5-2 win over BYU-Hawai'i on Saturday morning at the UH Tennis Complex.
With the victory, the Hornets earned their first win of the season and completed their season-opening three-match swing through Honolulu with a 1-2 record. Sacramento State, which was playing for the third consecutive day, lost to Hawai'i Pacific on Thursday and Hawai'i on Friday.
Sacramento State was playing without arguably its top two players in juniors Marek Marksoo (leg) and Sean Kolar (knee). Both were first team all-conference selections last year and Marksoo was the conference MVP. Marksoo was able to play on Thursday, and had to retire midway through his match yesterday. Kolar did not play any of the three matches.
Everyone else on the Hornet squad had to move up two spots in the singles lineup today, and they were able to pull out a victory against a BYU-Hawai'i squad that is currently ranked 18th in the nation in the Div. II ranks.
Brandys won his match at No. 1 by a 6-5 (1), 6-3 score, Miller was victorious at No. 4 by a 6-5 (5), 3-6, 10-7 score, and Abdulwahab at No. 5 (6-0, 6-2) and Marquez at No. 6 (6-2, 6-2). Marquez was playing in the Hornets' singles lineup for the first time in his career, and Abdulwahab, who is a true freshman, earned his first career collegiate win.
In doubles play, the team of Brandys/Abdulwahab won at No. 2 by a 7-5 score, and Marquez/Miller at No. 3 by a 6-2 score. Brandys and Miller are now both 2-1 in singles play, and the doubles team of Abdulwahab and Brandys is 2-0.
Sacramento State will now take two weeks off before returning to action for its home opener on Saturday, Feb. 1, against Loyola Marymount at 1 p.m.