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MEN’S TENNIS CONCLUDES HOMESTAND WITH 4-3 WIN OVER PORTLAND

MEN’S TENNIS CONCLUDES HOMESTAND WITH 4-3 WIN OVER PORTLAND

SACRAMENTO — Sacramento State's Hermont Legaspi, Louis Chabut and Josh Snowdon-Poole each won in singles play, and Legaspi provided the match clincher in a 4-3 win over Portland on Sunday afternoon at the Sacramento Stat Tennis Courts.

The match was the last of a five-match homestand, and the Hornets improved to 5-8 this season. In addition, Sacramento State won the doubles point, and improved to 5-1 when winning what has become a very important doubles point this year.

Making the win even more impressive is Sacramento State played without the services of Mikus Losbergs in singles play. Losbergs, who has been battling a nagging injury for two weeks, plays No. 1 in the team's lineup meaning every player had to step up and play one spot higher than they are accustomed. Losbergs was able to play doubles, and won at No. 1 with Louis Chabut by a 6-2 score. The tandem of Donald Hall and Snowdon-Poole won at No. 2 by a 6-3 score.

Portland, which is a member of the West Coast Conference, dropped to 5-8 with the loss.

Snowdon-Poole won at No. 6 singles by a 6-2, 6-0 score to give the Hornets a 2-0 lead. However, the Pilots won at Nos. 3 and 5 singles to tie the score at 2-2. At No. 3, Johannes Gjerdaker lost in straight sets, which snapped his seven-match singles winning streak.

Chabut then gave the Hornets a 3-2 lead at No. 4 with a 6-1, 6-3 win. After Dom Miller lost at No. 1 by a 6-1, 0-6, 6-3 score, the match was tied at 3-3. Miller's match proved to be the only three-set contest of the day. That set the stage for Legaspi, who won at No. 2 to provide the clinching point, beating Nicklas Oberg at No. 2 by a 6-1, 7-6 (4) score.

"Today was a really good team effort," Sacramento State head coach Kevin Kurtz said. "Everyone had to play up a spot in the singles lineup, and I felt like our guys really responded. Hermont came through in the clutch, and I felt like he played one of the best tiebreakers I've seen. All in all, we are very pleased with the win and its nice way to wrap up the homestand."

Sacramento State will play three of its next four matches on the road, including Thursday at Nevada at 1 p.m. After that, Sacramento State will play each of its final six matches against a Big Sky Conference opponent, beginning with Northern Arizona at home on March 30.