MEN’S TENNIS DROPS SEASON OPENER AT SAINT MARY’S

MEN’S TENNIS DROPS SEASON OPENER AT SAINT MARY’S

MORAGA, Calif. — Sacramento State held a 3-1 lead, but host Saint Mary's stormed back by winning the final three singles matches to post a 4-3 victory over the Hornets on Friday afternoon at the Timothy Korth Tennis Complex.

The match marked the season opener for both teams.

The Gaels started things by winning two of the three doubles matches to take the doubles point and a 1-0 lead. The lone Hornet doubles win came from sophomore Hermont Legaspi and newcomer Bernardo Moraes at No. 2 by a 7-5 score.

Sacramento State would then get singles wins from sophomores Louis Chabut and Legaspi, as well as junior Donald Hall. Legaspi won at No. 3 by 6-3, 6-3 score to tie things at 1-1, and Hall gave the Hornets the lead (2-1) with a 6-4, 6-2 win at No. 5. Sacramento State then pushed its lead to 3-1 with a win at No. 6 from Chabut by a 6-2, 7-6 (1) score.

Saint Mary's would then win three straight tight singles matches, beginning with Nash Vollenweider beating Hornet junior Dom Miller, 6-3, 7-6 (4) at No. 2. The Gaels tied things after Matis Bot beat Hornet senior Kasparas Zemaitelis at No. 4, 6-3, 1-6, 6-2.

With the score tied at 3-3, the match came down to the No. 1 slot where Hornet junior and reigning first team all-Big Sky Conference selection Mikus Losbergs was playing all-WCC preseason selection Damon Kesaris. In a match that could have gone either way, Kesaris won by a 7-6 (4), 6-4 score. It was a rare loss for Losbergs who went 16-7 at the No. 1 slot last season.

Sacramento State returns to action for the home opener this Sunday against Cal Poly at 10 a.m. Like every home match this season, the contest will take place on campus at the Sacramento State Tennis Courts.