MORAGA, Calif. -- In a match that was tightly contested and closer than the final score indicated, Saint Mary's defeated Sacramento State, 6-1, in a non-conference men's tennis match Saturday afternoon at the Korth Tennis Complex.
Five of the six singles matches went three sets, and the double point was decided on a tie-breaker as both teams went back and forth. In fact, the Hornets were victorious in the first set of four of the six singles matches.
With the victory, the Gaels improved to 5-2 overall, and 5-0 on their home court. Sacramento State, which continues to play without reigning first team all-conference selection Sean Kolar because of a knee injury, dropped to 2-5 with the loss.
The lone win in singles play for Sacramento State came at No. 6 where freshman Ayman Abdulwahab defeated Mathias Olsen, 5-7, 6-4, 10-7.
The Hornets' Marek Marksoo (No. 1), Niranjan Ram (No. 3), Tom Miller (No. 4) and Oliver Andersen (No. 5) each lost in three sets while Roy Brandys lost his match at No. 2 in straight sets. Marksoo lost a third-set tiebreaker while both Miller and Andersen lost their third set by 6-4 scores.
In doubles play, the teams split matches at Nos. 1 and 2, as the Hornet tandem of Brandys and Ram won by an 8-5 score at No. 2. The Gaels were able to win the doubles point after Abdulwahab and Andersen lost at No. 3 by an 8-7 score.
The loss for Miller snapped a four-match winning streak, and he is now a team-best 4-2 in singles play this year.
Sacramento State returns to action tomorrow afternoon when the team travels to Pacific for a 2 p.m. match.