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MEN’S TENNIS CONCLUDES TRIP TO PHOENIX WITH LOSS AT GRAND CANYON

MEN’S TENNIS CONCLUDES TRIP TO PHOENIX WITH LOSS AT GRAND CANYON

PHOENIX, Ariz. — Playing for the second time in as many days in Phoenix, Sacramento State lost at Grand Canyon, 7-0, in a non-conference men's tennis matchup Sunday morning at the GCU Tennis Facility.

The Hornets lost to Florida Gulf Coast yesterday to open its two match, two-day trek to Phoenix. Overall, Sacramento State, which began its 2019 season last weekend, dropped to 0-3 this season. The Hornets are in the midst of a stretch that will see the team play its first five matches away from home.

The victory allowed Grand Canyon to improve to 3-1, and 3-0 at home. The Antelopes have wins over UC Riverside and FGCU as well as a road loss at Arizona.

Grand Canyon won at Nos. 1 and 3 to secure the doubles point. At No. 1, the Hornets' Mikus Losbergs and Dom Miller fell by a 6-4 score while Sacramento State's Donald Hall and Josh Snowdon-Poole had their match at No. 2 stopped at 5-5 because the Antelopes already had the doubles point secured.

Grand Canyon picked up straight set victories in the first four singles spots while the Nos. 5 and 6 matches went to three sets.

The Hornets' Hermont Legaspi fell at No. 5 by a 6-4, 3-6, 7-5 score, and Snowdon-Poole fell at No. 6 by a 6-1, 3-6, 7-6 (6) score. Other Sacramento State results saw Losbergs fall at No. 1 (6-3, 6-1), Miller at No. 2 (6-4, 7-6), Louis Chabut at No. 3 (6-2, 7-6) and Johannes Gjerdaker at No. 4 (7-5, 6-2).

Five different sets in singles play were decided by 7-5 or 7-6 scores, and Grand Canyon was victorious in each.

"Despite the loss, I was pround of the team," Sacramento State head coach Kevin Kurtz said. "Grand Canyon is a very good team, and they are even better at home, but our guys played really well and kept a lot of the matches close. We showed a great deal of fight and toughness on every court today, and this match was a lot closer than the final score indicated."

Sacramento State will open Big Sky Conference play next week with a pair of road matches. That includes Friday at Eastern Washington, and Saturday at Idaho.