MEN’S TENNIS WINS ON THE ROAD AGAIN, BEATS MONTANA, 4-3

MEN’S TENNIS WINS ON THE ROAD AGAIN, BEATS MONTANA, 4-3

MISSOULA, Mont. -- Sacramento State won the doubles point, and then got singles victories from Mikus Losbergs, Johannes Gjerdaker and Louis Chabut to beat Montana, 4-3, on Thursday afternoon at PEAK Racquet Club.

With the match tied at 3-3, it was Chabut at No. 5 that provided the match clincher, beating Ed Pudney, 6-4, 6-7 (4), 6-1. In was also Chabut that teamed with Mikus Losbergs to win at No. 1 doubles by a 6-3 score.

With the victory, Sacramento State improved to 6-10 overall and 4-2 in the Big Sky. In the process, the Hornets moved into a three-way tie for second place in the conference standings with Southern Utah and Idaho State. Sacramento State still has four conference matches to play, including this Saturday at Montana State.

Sacramento State is now 4-0 in Big Sky road matches, including wins at Eastern Washington, Idaho and Portland State. Of the Hornets' six conference matches, five have been decided by 4-3 scores (the team is 3-2 in those outcomes).

Montana, which lost for just the second time at home, dropped to 6-11 and 3-3 in league. The win for the Hornets was their first in Missoula since the 2008 season. Since that time, Sacramento State has dropped four straight when playing Montana on the road.

Joining Losbergs/Chabut with a doubles win were Hermont Legaspi and Dom Miller who helped the Hornets pick up what turned out to be a huge doubles point. After the Hornets and Grizzlies split the first two doubles matches, Legaspi and Miller were tied at 6-6, and immediately trailed 4-2 in the tiebreaker. However, the tandem won five of the next six points to win the tiebreaker, 7-5, and give the Hornets the point.

Montana won at Nos. 2 and 3 singles to take a 2-1 lead, but Losbergs won his match at No. 1, 6-4, 7-6 (5), and Gjerdaker won at No. 4 by a 7-5, 4-6, 6-3 score. Gjerdaker was tied at 3-3 in the third set, before winning each of the last three games to claim victory. Losbergs trailed, 5-2, in his second set tiebreaker before rattling off five straight points to win. That gave the Hornets a 3-2 lead with matches at Nos. 5 and 6 still to play. Donald Hall lost at No. 6 in a very close match, 7-5, 7-6 (3), setting up Chabut's three-set victory.

"We are very excited about the win, and it's been 10 years since we've won here," Sacramento State head coach Kevin Kurtz said. "Everyone fought hard, and we had to grind out yet another 4-3 match. Our guys continue to be mentally tough, and and this was an extremely close match that both teams played their hearts out."

After Saturday's match at Montana State, the Hornets will play each of their final three regular season matches at home from April 13-20.