Big Sky All-Conference Team
SACRAMENTO — Sacramento State men's tennis junior Mikus Losbergs (second team) and senior Kasparas Zemaitelis (honorable mention) were both recipients of all-Big Sky Conference recognition in singles play, it was announced today by the league office.
In addition, the pair was voted first team all-conference in doubles play after receiving second team doubles accolades a year ago.
Losbergs has now received all-league mention in singles all three years of his career, having been named to the first team a year ago, and second team as a freshman. For Zemaitelis, it marked his second straight year of all-league recognition after being named to the second team last season.
Sacramento State finished the season 7-14 overall and 5-6 in the Big Sky Conference, narrowly missing out on qualifying for the Big Sky Tournament. The league's postseason tournament featured the top six teams, and Sacramento State finished in a tie for sixth place, but lost out on a tiebreaker with Southern Utah.
The Big Sky began announcing all-league doubles teams a year ago, and the combination of Losbergs/Zemaitelis was one of just three doubles teams from the conference to be named first team. The tandem played at No. 1 doubles all year long, finishing the spring with a 13-6 record, including an 8-3 mark against league opposition. They won six of their final seven matches of the season, and the duo fared well in close matches, going 5-1 in matchups decided by 7-5 or 7-6 scores.
In singles, Losbergs played at No. 1 in the team's lineup all season long. He finished the year with a 6-5 record against conference competition. The Marupe, Latvia, native won five of his final nine singles matches of the season. Over the course of his three-year career, Losbergs, who has played at No. 1 in the team's singles lineup since the moment he stepped foot on campus, is 37-31 in dual singles matches (22-11 vs. Big Sky opponents) and 38-26 in doubles play (21-10 in Big Sky play).
Zemaitelis played at Nos. 2, 3 and 4 singles this season for the Hornets, primarily at the No. 3 spot. The Kaunas, Lithuania, native went 10-11 in singles play, including 4-3 at No. 2, 5-6 at No. 3 and 1-2 at No. 4. He went 7-4 against Big Sky opposition, and was victorious in seven of his last 11 singles matches of the season. The lone senior on this year's team, Zemaitelis finished his career with 37 singles wins and 49 doubles victories. He was 49-34 in doubles play, including a 22-10 mark vs. Big Sky teams. He was 22-11 in singles matches against league foes.
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