MEN’S TENNIS NOW 4-3 IN LEAGUE PLAY AFTER 5-2 HOME WIN OVER PORTLAND STATE

MEN’S TENNIS NOW 4-3 IN LEAGUE PLAY AFTER 5-2 HOME WIN OVER PORTLAND STATE

SACRAMENTO — Mikus Losbergs, Kasparas Zemaitelis, Hermont Legaspi and Louis Chabut each posted singles wins to lead the Hornets to a 5-2 victory over Portland State in a Big Sky Conference men's tennis match on Saturday afternoon at the Sacramento State Tennis Courts.

The win allowed the Hornets to improve to 5-11 overall and 4-3 in the Big Sky. Sacramento State is 4-4 over its last eight matches, including back-to-back Big Sky wins, including a 7-0 blanking of Montana State last Saturday. Today's victory wrapped up a stretch that saw the Hornets play the entire month of March in Northern California. That run saw the Hornets post a 4-2 record at home, and an 0-2 record on neutral courts.

Portland State, which entered the match as winners of five of its last eight, dropped to 10-8 overall and 4-4 in league play.

Today's match was closer than the final score indicated as the Hornets squeaked out three-set wins from Losbergs and Zemaitelis, and Legaspi won his match, 6-4, 7-6. The only singles outcome that wasn't close was Chabut's win at No. 5 over Otto Holtari by a 6-3, 6-2 score.

Sacramento State won two of the three doubles matches to secure the doubles point. The Hornet tandems of Losbergs/Zemaitelis won at No. 1 by a 6-2 score while Chabut and Legaspi won the clinching match at No. 3 by a 6-3 score.

The Hornets quickly extended their lead to 2-0 after Chabut dispatched of Holtari. Portland State would would tie the score at 2-2 with singles wins at Nos. 3 and 6, but the Hornets won each of the final three singles contests to provide the final 5-2 outcome.

Losbergs won his match at No. 1 (6-1, 4-6, 6-3), followed by Zemaitelis at No. 2 (6-3, 3-6, 7-6), and Legaspi at No. 4 (6-4, 7-6). Zemaitelis won his third-set tiebreaker by a 7-5 score while Legaspi won his second-set breaker, 7-4.

The Hornets have just five matches remaining on the regular season schedule, including four conference matchups and one non-conference contest. All four conference matches will come on the road, beginning next week with games at Idaho State on Friday and Weber State on Saturday. The Hornets' lone home match will come on April 11 vs. Causeway rival UC Davis.