MEN’S TENNIS STAYS CLOSE WITH CONFERENCE UNBEATEN IDAHO, BUT FALLS IN THE END, 5-2

MEN’S TENNIS STAYS CLOSE WITH CONFERENCE UNBEATEN IDAHO, BUT FALLS IN THE END, 5-2

BURLINGAME, Calif. -- Sacramento State got singles victories from Mikus Losbergs and Hermont Legaspi, but it was not enough in a 5-2 loss to Idaho on Saturday evening at the Broadway Tennis Center.

Originally, the match was supposed to be played on the Sacramento State campus, but inclement weather forced the move indoors to the Broadway Tennis Center. The complex is a two-hour drive from Sacramento, and marked the first time the Hornets have ever played at the new facility.

With the win, Idaho improved to 6-5 overall and a perfect 6-0 in the Big Sky Conference. The Hornets dropped to 3-10 overall and 2-2 in league play. Today began a stretch that will see Sacramento State play six consecutive matches against league opposition. The next three will come on campus, beginning next week against Montana on Friday and Montana State on Sunday.

Sacramento State wasn't that far off from winning today's match as the team suffered close singles losses at No. 3 where Kasparas Zemaitelis fell, 7-5, 7-5, and at No. 6 where Bernardo Moraes lost 6-3, 7-6 (5). After dropping the first set by a 6-1 score at No. 5, Louis Chabut kept things close in the second set before falling, 7-5.

Losbergs' victory came at No. 1 singles (6-7, 7-5 and 10-4 in the super tiebreaker) and Legaspi won his match at No. 4 by a 6-4, 6-4 score. Legaspi has now won three straight singles matches and improved to a team-best 8-5 this season.

Idaho won all three doubles matches to secure the doubles point.

The Hornets' home match on Friday against Montana will begin at 1 p.m. while the Sunday home match vs. Montana State will start at noon

Idaho 5, Sacramento State 2

Singles competition
1. LOSBERGS, Mikus (SAC) def. Longhi Neto,Carlos (UI) 6-7 (4-7), 7-5, 10-4
2. Kovacs,Mark (UI) def. MILLER, Dom (SAC) 6-2, 6-1
3. Scarpelli,Guilherme (UI) def. ZEMAITELIS, Kasparas (SAC) 7-5, 7-5
4. LEGASPI, Hermont (SAC) def. Fonseca,Felipe (UI) 6-4, 6-4
5. Santibanez,Esteban (UI) def. CHABUT, Louis (SAC) 6-1, 7-5
6. Coutinho,Lucas (UI) def. MORAES, Bernardo (SAC) 6-3, 7-6 (7-5)

Doubles competition
1. Longhi Neto,Carlos/Kovacs,Mark (UI) def. ZEMAITELIS, Kasparas/LOSBERGS, Mikus (SAC) 6-4
2. Coutinho,Lucas/Santibanez,Esteban (UI) def. MILLER, Dom/MORAES, Bernardo (SAC) 6-3
3. Scarpelli,Guilherme/Fonseca,Felipe (UI) def. CHABUT, Louis/LEGASPI, Hermont (SAC) 6-3