GREELEY, Colo. -- Mikus Losbergs, Kasparas Zemaitelis, Hermont Legaspi and Bernardo Moraes all posted straight set singles wins to lead Sacramento State to a 5-2 victory on the road at Northern Colorado in a Big Sky Conference men's tennis match Friday afternoon.
The win was the first of the season for the Hornets (1-4, 1-1), and the first for Kevin Kurtz, who took over the head coaching duties a little over two weeks ago. With the loss, Northern Colorado dropped to 4-2 overall and 0-1 in league play. The Bears had been 3-0 at home until today's loss to the Hornets.
Sacramento State opened the match strong by winning its first doubles point of the season. The No. 1 team of Losbergs/Zemaitelis (7-6) and Legaspi/Moraes (7-5) were both victorious to give the Hornets a 1-0 lead entering singles play.
The Hornets then got three straight singles wins to quickly score four points and clinch the win. Legaspi gave the Hornets a 2-0 lead with his win at No. 4 (6-0, 6-3), followed by a win at No. 1 from Losbergs (6-1, 7-5). Zemaitelis followed with a 6-3, 6-4 victory at No. 3 and the match clincher.
Moraes, who is a transfer from Holy Names, earned his first singles win at Sacramento State with a 6-4, 6-4 victory at No. 6. The Hornets could have just as easily won by a 6-1 score but Louis Chabut lost a tight match at No. 5 to Tommy Smalley, 7-5, 4-6, and 12-10 in the super tiebreak
"The team was fired up today, and it felt like we were playing a home match," Sacramento State head coach Kevin Kurtz said. "The intensity level was high, and the the team's energy was through the roof. I was really proud of the their effort, and we need to duplicate this type of performance in future matches."
Sacramento State will now begin a stretch that will see the team play 10 of its next 11 matches on campus. That stretch begins on Sunday when the team hosts Nevada at 1 p.m. All home matches this season will be played at the newly-surfaced Sacramento State Tennis Courts on campus.
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