MINNEAPOLIS -- In a match that was much closer than the final score indicated, and saw Sacramento State take five of its six singles matches to three sets, Minnesota defeated the Hornets, 7-0, on Friday afternoon at the Baseline Tennis Center.
Sacramento State forced a third set at Nos. 1, 2, 3, 4 and 6 singles before eventually falling in each of those matches. In addition, the Hornets were victorious in one of the doubles matches before the Gophers eventually snagged the doubles point.
Playing their second home match of the season, Minnesota improved to 2-2 this year while Sacramento State dropped to 0-3. Today's match marked the first of a three-game road trip that will see the Hornets play their Big Sky Conference opener tomorrow against North Dakota at noon PST. That match will be North Dakota's season opener.
Sacramento State's Mikus Losbergs and Kasparas Zemaitelis kicked things off by winning their match at No. 1 doubles by a score of 6-3. However, Minnesota won at No. 2 (6-2) and No. 3 (6-3) to win the doubles point.
In singles play, the Hornets lost the first set in all six matches, but Sacramento State bounced back to win the second set in five of them. That included junior Mikus Losbergs who was playing the nation's 35th-ranked player Stefan Milicevic. Losbergs took Milicevic to three sets but eventually lost, 7-5, 2-6, 6-2.
Sacramento State's Dom Miller fell at No. 2 by a 6-0, 6-7 (5), 6-4 score while Hermont Legaspi fell at No. 3 (6-3, 1-6, 7-5), Zemaitelis at No. 4 (6-3, 3-6, 6-3) and Louis Chabut at No. 6 (6-3, 3-6, 6-2). Donald Hall fell at No. 5 by a 6-4, 6-2 score.
The Hornets will play back-to-back conference matches on the road, including tomorrow at North Dakota and next Friday at Northern Colorado.
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