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).
April 21, 2018 MEN’S TENNIS SEASON COMES TO AN END AT NORTHERN ARIZONA
April 20, 2018 MEN’S TENNIS FALLS ON THE ROAD AT SOUTHERN UTAH, 5-2
April 11, 2018 LOSBERGS NAMED BIG SKY PLAYER OF THE WEEK
April 11, 2018 MEN’S TENNIS KNOCKS OFF UC DAVIS, 4-3, IN HOME FINALE
March 28, 2018 ZEMAITELIS NAMED BIG SKY MEN’S TENNIS PLAYER OF THE WEEK
February 25, 2018 LEGASPI WINS AGAIN, BUT MEN’S TENNIS FALLS AT SANTA CLARA, 6-1
February 23, 2018 MEN’S TENNIS FALLS AT HOME TO GRAND CANYON
February 11, 2018 MEN’S TENNIS FALLS AT HOME TO NEVADA, 5-2
February 3, 2018 MEN’S TENNIS DROPS CONFERENCE OPENER TO NORTH DAKOTA, 4-3
February 2, 2018 MEN’S TENNIS KEEPS THINGS CLOSE AT MINNESOTA, BUT EVENTUALLY FALLS
January 21, 2018 MEN’S TENNIS DROPS HOME OPENER TO CAL POLY
January 19, 2018 MEN’S TENNIS DROPS SEASON OPENER AT SAINT MARY’S
January 11, 2018 MEN’S TENNIS SELECTED THIRD IN THE BIG SKY PRESEASON MEDIA POLL
November 30, 2017 MEN’S TENNIS SIGNS NEW ZEALAND’S JOSH SNOWDON-POOLE
October 23, 2017 MEN’S TENNIS CONCLUDES ITA NORTHWEST REGIONALS
October 2, 2017 MEN’S TENNIS OPENS FALL SEASON AT THE AGGIE INVITATIONAL