DAVIS, Calif. - Hermont Legaspi posted a straight set win, but Sacramento State dropped a tight doubles point and lost three singles matches in three sets as the Hornets lost their season opener to UC Davis, 6-1, on Saturday morning at the Marya Welch Tennis Center.
Legaspi quickly dispatched of Alex Scemanenco, 7-5, 6-0, but the Hornets saw Mikus Losbergs at No. 1, Louis Chabut at No. 3, and Johannes Gjerdaker at No. 5 all fall in three sets. Gjerdaker was trailing in his match, 6-0, 3-0, before storming back but eventually falling, 6-0, 4-6, 7-5.
With the loss, Sacramento State dropped to 0-1 on the young season. The Hornets were supposed to play two matches today, but saw their matchup with Holy Names cancelled. Heavy overnight rains in the Davis area forced the Hornets and Aggies, originally scheduled to play at 9 a.m., to shift their match back to an 11 a.m. start. The Marya Welch Tennis Center does not have lights, so the Hornets and Holy Names contest, originally set for 3 p.m., was not playable due to darkness.
The Aggies, who began their season last weekend, improved to 4-0. All four of their matches have come at home, which includes wins over Pacific (4-2), Fresno State (4-3) and Eastern Washington (6-1).
The Hornets defeated UC Davis last season at home by a 4-3 score.
Legaspi, a junior, won his match at No. 4. Sacramento State saw Losbergs fall at No. 1 (7-5, 6-7, lost in super tiebreaker), Dom Miller at No. 2 (6-2, 6-3), Chabut at No. 3 (6-7, 6-4, 6-2), Gjerdaker at No. 5 (6-0, 4-6, 7-5), and Josh Snowdon-Poole at No. 6 (7-5, 6-4). Both Gjerdaker and Snowdon-Poole are freshmen, and were playing their first spring matches in a Sacramento State uniform.
In doubles play, the combination of Donald Hall and Snowdon-Poole was victorious at No. 2 by a 6-2 score, but Losbergs/Miller (No. 1) and Legaspi/Chabut (No. 3) both fell by 6-4 scores.
The Hornets, who play their first five matches of the season away from home, return to action next weekend when they take on Florida Gulf Coast on Saturday and Grand Canyon on Sunday. Both of those matches will take place in Phoenix, Ariz.