SACRAMENTO — Sacramento State held what looked like a comfortable 3-1 lead, but Montana ran off three consecutive three-set singles victories to eventually beat the Hornets, 4-3, in a Big Sky Conference men's tennis match Friday on campus.
The victory for Montana was its third straight as the Grizzlies improved to 5-2 overall and 2-0 in the Big Sky. The Hornets, who began a stretch that will see the team play three straight conference matches at home, lost their third straight and fell to 3-11 and 2-3 in the Big Sky. Sacramento State will also host Montana State on Sunday, and Portland State next Saturday, Jan. 31.
Things looked good early as the Hornets won the doubles point after the tandems of Mikus Losbergs/Kasparas Zemaitelis won at No. 1 (7-5) and Louis Chabut/Hermont Legaspi won at No. 3 (7-6).
Zemaitelis then gave the Hornets a 2-0 lead after quickly winning his singles match at No. 3 by a 6-4, 6-2 score. Montana got a win at No. 6 to cut the deficit to 2-1, but Chabut won at No. 5 (6-0, 6-4) to give Sacramento State a 3-1 lead.
That's when things started to unravel despite the Hornets winning the first set of each of the three remaining matches. The Grizzlies would then win the second and third sets on all three courts as Losbergs fell at No. 1 (4-6, 6-4, 6-2), Dom Miller lost at No. 2 (5-7, 7-5, 6-1) and Legaspi fell at No. 4 (4-6, 7-5, 7-5). In that third set at No. 4, Legaspi led, 4-3, and was serving, but Ignacio Tejerina came back to win.
The Hornets' match on Sunday vs. Montana State will begin at noon. All home matches this year will be played on campus.
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