VANCOUVER, Wash. — Trailing, 3-2, Sacramento State got singles wins from Johannes Gjerdaker and Donald Hall to lift the Hornets to a 4-3 comeback victory at Portland State on Saturday evening at the Vancouver Tennis Center.
In a back and forth match that ended well past 11 p.m., Sacramento State defeated a Vikings team had had won four of its last five matches and entered with a 3-0 record at home. The loss dropped Portland State to 5-3 overall and 1-1 in the Big Sky.
The Hornets have now won four of their last five matches while improving to 4-4 overall and 3-1 in league play. All three of the Hornets' conference wins have come on the road, including victories at Eastern Washington and defending Big Sky champion Idaho.
After Gjerdaker won his match in quick fashion at No. 5 (6-2, 6-0), it all came down to Hall at No. 6 where he was locked in a back and forth battle with Otto Holtari. After the two players split the first two sets, Hall went up 4-1 in the third set, only to see Holtari win three straight games to tie things at 4-4. Hall, however, never trailed in the set, taking a 5-4 lead and eventually winning, 7-5. It was also Hall that clinched the win at Eastern Washington when the score was tied at 3-3.
Sacramento State won what proved to be a huge doubles point. The combinations of Louis Chabut/Mikus Losbergs won at No. 1 by a 6-4 score, and Hall/Josh Snowdon-Poole won by the same score at No. 2.
Playing on four courts, the Vikings would get wins at Nos. 3 and 4 to take a 2-1 lead before Losbergs won at No. 1 by a 7-5, 3-6, 6-2 score. Portland State, once again, took the lead with a three-set win over Dom Miller at No. 2 by a 2-6, 6-1, 6-4 score. That set the stage for Gjerdaker and Hall's heroics.
Hall has now won five straight singles matches and is a perfect 4-0 in Big Sky play. Gjerdaker has won four straight singles matches, and is 3-1 in league play.
"We knew coming into this match that the doubles point would be very important and we were able to secure that point," Sacramento State head coach Kevin Kurtz. "A few of our guys had to play under pressure in singles play and they played tough with great energy. Johannes and Donald did a great job getting wins with our backs against the wall, and I'm not only proud of them, I'm proud of the whole team."
Sacramento State returns to action next Saturday when it hosts Santa Clara at 1:30 p.m.
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