CHENEY, Wash. — Trailing, 3-2, Sacramento State got singles wins from Hermont Legaspi at No. 5 and the match clincher from Donald Hall at No. 6, and the Hornets knocked off Eastern Washington, 4-3, in the Big Sky Conference opener for both teams.
The win was the first of the season for the Hornets (1-3, 1-0 Big Sky), who will play again tomorrow afternoon at Idaho. The loss dropped Eastern Washington to 0-3 and 0-1 in the Big Sky.
Sacramento State started the match by winning what proved to be a very important doubles point. The Hornets won all three matches as the tandems of Mikus Losbergs/Louis Chabut (6-3 at No. 1), Hall/Josh Snowdon-Poole (7-6 at No. 2) and Hermont Legaspi/Dom Miller (6-4 at No. 3) were all victorious.
After Miller lost his match at No. 2 singles, Losbergs gave the Hornets a 2-1 lead by beating Mikayel Khachatryan in the No. 1 position by a 6-4, 6-0 score. Eastern Washington would then take its first lead of the match at 3-2 after the Hornets' Johannes Gjerdaker and Louis Chabut both lost in three very close sets. Gjerdaker fell at No. 4 by a 5-7, 6-4, 7-5 score, and Chabut lost at No. 3 by a 6-7, 7-5, 6-2 outcome.
That set the stage for the Hornets' comeback as Legapi tied things at 3-3 after beating Jeremy Mueller, 6-3, 6-4, at No. 5. And it was Hall that put things away and gave Sacramento State a 4-3 win after he beat Jan Lajos at No. 6 by a 6-7, 6-1, 6-1 score.
The Hornets will play their second road match against a Big Sky opponent in as many days when they take on Idaho tomorrow afternoon. The match will be played in Lewiston, Idaho, and begin at 1 p.m.
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February 23, 2019 MEN’S TENNIS FALLS AT HOME TO SANTA CLARA, 6-1
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