SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Playing without the services of two its top five singles players because of knee injuries, Sacramento State lost to UC Davis, 6-1, in a non-conference men's tennis match Sunday afternoon at Rio Del Oro Racquet Club.
Junior Sean Kolar, who would be playing No. 2 in the team's singles lineup, has yet to play this season because of injury. In addition, junior Tom Miller, who would be No. 5 in the lineup, was not able to play the singles portion of today's match because of an aching knee.
Prior to today's loss, Sacramento State had defeated UC Davis on seven straight occasions dating back to 2007. The winning streak ended today in a close loss that saw four of the six singles matches go to three sets.
The victory improved UC Davis to 4-4 while the Hornets dropped to 2-4.
The only singles win of the day for Sacramento State came at No. 2 where junior Marek Marksoo defeated Alec Adamson, 6-2, 4-6, 6-4. Junior Roy Brandys lost at No. 1 (4-6, 6-1, 6-3), sophomore Niranjan Ram fell at No. 3 (4-6, 6-4, 6-5) and freshman Ayman Abdulwahab lost at No. 6 by a 3-6, 6-0, 6-4 score. Both Oliver Andersen (No. 4) and Joaquin Marquez (No. 5) fell in straight sets.
The Aggies won the doubles points with a 6-3 win at No. 1, and a 6-5 victory at No. 3. The No. 2 match, which featured Brandys partnering with Ram, was stopped at 5-5 because the Aggies had already clinched the point.
Sacramento State returns to action next weekend for a pair of road matches at Saint Mary's on Saturday, and Pacific on Sunday.
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