MEN’S TENNIS FALLS ON THE ROAD AT SOUTHERN UTAH, 5-2

MEN’S TENNIS FALLS ON THE ROAD AT SOUTHERN UTAH, 5-2

Big Sky Conference standings

HURRICANE, Utah -- Sacramento State received singles wins from Kasparas Zemaitelis and Dom Miller, but it was not enough in a 5-2 road loss at Southern Utah on Friday afternoon.

Sacramento State had won four of its last five matches entering today, but dropped to 7-13 overall and 5-5 in the Big Sky Conference with the loss. The victory for Southern Utah (15-9, 5-6) was huge as it kept the Thunderbirds in the hunt to receive the league's sixth and final berth into the Big Sky Tournament, which will take place April 26-28 in Phoenix.

Meanwhile, the loss put a dent into the Hornets' chances of qualifying for the Big Sky's six-team postseason event. Five teams have already qualified for the Big Sky Tournament (Idaho, Montana, Northern Arizona, Weber State and Portland State), and the sixth and final spot will go to either Southern Utah or Sacramento State.

If the Hornets lose their regular season finale tomorrow at Northern Arizona, Southern Utah will clinch the No. 6 seed for the tournament. If Sacramento State wins tomorrow, the Hornets will assume the No. 5 seed at the tournament. The Hornets have qualified for the Big Sky Tournament every year since joining the league, a span of 21 consecutive years.

The Hornets' match against Northern Arizona (10-10, 8-2) will take place tomorrow morning at 10 a.m. PDT.

In today's matchup against Southern Utah, the Thunderbirds began things by winning the doubles point, earning wins at Nos. 2 and 3. The Hornet tandem of Zemaitelis and Mikus Losbergs won their match at No. 1 by a 6-3 score.

Sacramento State got singles wins from Zemaitelis at No. 2 (6-3, 6-4) and Miller at No. 3 (6-2, 6-4), but Southern Utah was victorious in the other four singles matchups. Two of the Hornets' singles losses came in three sets, including Hermont Legaspi falling at No. 4 (6-3, 0-6, 6-3) and Donald Hall losing at No. 6 (2-6, 7-5, 7-5).