LEWISTON, Idaho — Sacramento State received singles wins from Mikus Losbergs, Johannes Gjerdaker, Hermont Legaspi and Donald Hall as the Hornets beat a Big Sky Conference opponent on the road for the second straight day, defeating Idaho this afternoon, 5-2.
One day after beating Eastern Washington in Cheney by a 4-3 score, the Hornets knocked off the Vandals this afternoon. Making the win even more impressive is Idaho is the defending Big Sky regular season and tournament champions, and finished last year with 15-8 overall record and 10-1 mark in league play. It was Idaho that knocked off the Hornets last season by a 5-2 score.
Sacramento State improved its record to 2-3 overall and 2-0 in the Big Sky. The Hornets have played each of their first five matches away from home, but will begin a stretch next week that will see the team play two straight, and nine of the next 10 on their home courts. With the loss, Idaho, which fell at Oregon in its season opener, dropped to 0-2 overall and 0-1 in the Big Sky.
For the second straight day, the Hornets got things started by winning the doubles point. The combination of Louis Chabut and Losbergs won at No. 1 by a 6-4 score, and Dom Miller/Legaspi won at No. 3 (6-2).
Sacramento State quickly took a 2-0 lead as true freshman Gjerdaker had little trouble winning his match at No. 4 singles by a 6-1, 6-1 score. After Idaho closed the deficit to 2-1 with a win at No. 2, Sacramento State's Losbergs won his match at No. 1 in straight sets, 6-4, 6-3. For Losbergs, it was his second straight singles win, and third of the season.
Idaho closed to within, 3-2, of the Hornet lead with a win at No. 3, but Sacramento State put things away with wins at Nos. 5 and 6 singles. Legaspi and Donald Hall each won for the second straight day with Legaspi posting a 7-6, 6-4 win at No. 5 and Hall winning in three sets at No. 6 by a 4-6, 6-4, 6-1 score. It was Hall that won at No. 6 yesterday and provided the match clincher in the 4-3 win at Eastern Washington.
"It's been a great two days of tennis for the team, and we are extremely proud of the results," Sacramento State head coach Kevin Kurtz said. "We played some really good doubles for the second straight day, and followed that up with solid singles play. Everyone has been extremely supportive of their teammates, and the last two days have been a good indication of the team's hard work."
The Hornets will play twice at home next week, including a matchup with Southern Utah on Friday at 11 a.m., and Sunday against non-conference rival Saint Mary's at noon. All home matches are played on campus at the Sacramento State Tennis Courts, and admission is free.
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