SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Sacramento State received singles victories from Roy Brandys and Niranjan Ram, but it was not enough in the Hornets' 5-2 loss to Weber State in Big Sky Conference men's tennis action Thursday morning at the Sacramento State Tennis Courts.
The short-handed Hornets were playing without the services of three of their top five singles players in Marek Marksoo, Sean Kolar and Tom Miller. Each player missed the match because of injury. Kolar will miss the entire season while the Hornets are hoping to get both Marksoo and Miller back next month.
In addition, today snapped the Hornets' string of 34 straight regular season home wins over Big Sky competition, a streak which dated back to 2005. Including the postseason, Sacramento State had won 30 straight home matches over Big Sky opposition dating back to a 4-3 loss in the 2008 Big Sky Tournament championship match to Eastern Washington at the Gold River Racquet Club.
The loss dropped the Hornets to 7-12 overall and 4-3 in the conference while Weber State improved to 10-8 overall and 6-0 in the Big Sky. The Wildcats moved one step closer to securing the No. 1 seed at the Big Sky Tournament, which will take place later this month (April 25-27) at the Gold River Racquet Club. The top six teams in the league qualify for the postseason event, and Sacramento State currently sits in fifth place.
Weber State began the match by winning the doubles point handily, posting wins of 8-2, 8-2 and 8-4, respectively, at the Nos. 1-3 spots.
Sacramento State tied the score at 1-1 after Ram won his match at No. 2 singles by a 6-2, 6-1 score. However, the Wildcats won matches at Nos. 3 and 4 singles to take a 3-1 lead as both Joaquin Marquez (7-6, 6-3, 6-3) and Oliver Andersen (6-3, 3-6, 6-3) lost.
Brandys briefly cut the Weber lead to 3-2 after his win at No. 1 singles (6-4, 2-6, 6-2), but Weber State won three-set matches at both 5 and 6 to provide the final 5-2 tally.
Hornet junior Alejandro Villarreal, who had never appeared in a spring singles match for the Hornets, played at No. 6 today where he fell to Sanjay Goswami, 3-6, 7-5, 6-0.
Today marked the finale of a season-long nine-match homestand in which the Hornets went 5-4, including 4-1 against Big Sky teams. The Hornets will now close the regular season with five straight road matches. Three of those contests will take place on consecutive days when Sacramento State plays Friday, Saturday and Sunday against Big Sky opponents North Dakota, Northern Colorado and Northern Arizona, respectively.