GOLD RIVER, Calif. -- Sacramento State got wins from all six singles positions in the lineup on the way to a 6-1 victory over Eastern Washington in a Big Sky Conference men's tennis match Tuesday afternoon at the Spare Time Indoor Tennis Center.
With the win, the Hornets improved to 7-11 overall, 4-2 in the Big Sky, and 5-3 on their current nine-match homestand. The homestand ends on Thursday with a matchup against first-place Weber State at 10 a.m. Sacramento State now sits all alone in fifth place in the Big Sky standings, and just one game back of second place.
With just four conference matches remaining in the season, the top six teams will qualify for the Big Sky Tournament, which will be played April 25-27 at the Gold River Racquet Club. Sacramento State has won each of the last five Big Sky Tournament championships.
Eastern Washington dropped to 6-9 overall and 2-3 in the Big Sky with the loss.
The Eagles started the match by winning the doubles point, but the Hornets were able to claim victories at each of the six singles positions. That included Roy Brandys winning at No. 1 (6-3, 6-3), Niranjan Ram at No. 2 (3-6, 6-2, 6-2), Tom Miller at No. 3 (6-7, 6-3, 6-2), Joaquin Marquez at No. 4 (6-4, 4-6, 6-4), Oliver Andersen at No. 5 (7-5, 6-2) and Ayman Abdulwahab at No. 6 (6-3, 6-4).
Abdulwahab won his fourth straight singles match while Brandys, Marquez and Ram each improved to 5-1 against Big Sky competition this season.
Thursday's match will come against a Weber State squad that is 9-7 overall and 5-0 in the conference.
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