SACRAMENTO -- Sacramento State received singles win from Kasparas Zemaitelis, Dom Miller, Hermont Legaspi and Louis Chabut, and the Hornets downed rival UC Davis, 4-3, on Wednesday afternoon at the Sacramento State Tennis Courts.
Today marked the final regular season home match of the season for Sacramento State, and the final home match in the career of senior Kasparas Zemaitelis. Today also marked the final non-conference matchup of the regular season as the Hornets will play two Big Sky Conference matches on the road next week before the conference tournament in Phoenix on April 26-28.
The victory not only allowed Sacramento State to pick up five valuable points in the Causeway Cup, but the Hornets have now won four of their last five matches while improving to 7-12 overall.
The win over UC Davis (6-14) was the Hornets' first since 2013, and snapped a five-game losing streak against the Aggies. Today was also the first home win over UC Davis since 2012.
Zemaitelis played brilliantly on Senior Day, crushing the Aggies' David Goulak at No. 2 singles by a 6-2, 6-1 score. Zemaitelis was the first player off the court, and his win tied the score at 1-1 after the Hornets dropped the doubles point.
The Aggies took a 2-1 lead after Mikus Losbergs lost at No. 1 singles, but Sacramento State responded with straight set wins from Dom Miller at No. 3 (6-2, 6-3) and Hermont Legaspi at No. 4 (6-3, 6-2) to take a 3-2 lead.
UC Davis tied things at 3-3 after Donald Hall, battling an ankle injury, fell in three sets by a 6-1, 2-6, 6-1 score. With the score tied at 3-3, it came down to No. 5 singles where Louis Chabut was battling UC Davis' Arjith Jayaraman. After the players spit the first two sets, Chabut and Jayaraman were locked in a third set where nearly every game went to deuce. It was Chabut, however, that continued to win all the clutch points in the game and pulled out a 4-6, 6-4, 6-1 victory.
"Today was a great performance by the team, and they bounced back nicely after dropping the doubles point," Sacramento State head coach Kevin Kurtz said. "Kasparas (Zemaitelis) played incredible tennis on Senior Day and it felt really good to send him out with a win over a rival opponent. Dom (Miller) played solid all day, Hermont (Legaspi) was consistent, and Louis (Chabut) could not have played any better in the third set of his win. All in all, we were very happy with today's performance."
The Hornets will take eight days off, and do not play again until road matchups with Big Sky foes Southern Utah on April 20, and Northern Arizona on April 21.