MEN’S TENNIS BEATS NORTHERN COLORADO ON SENIOR DAY, WILL ASSUME THE NO. 3 SEED AT THE BIG SKY TOURNAMENT

MEN’S TENNIS BEATS NORTHERN COLORADO ON SENIOR DAY, WILL ASSUME THE NO. 3 SEED AT THE BIG SKY TOURNAMENT

SACRAMENTO — Mikus Losbergs, Hermont Legaspi, Johannes Gjerdaker, Louis Chabut and Donald Hall were each victorious in singles play to lead the Hornets to a 6-1 win over Northern Colorado on Saturday afternoon at the Sacramento State Tennis Courts.

With the victory, the Hornets conclude the regular season with a three-game winning streak while improving to 9-11 overall and 7-3 in the Big Sky Conference. Sacramento State will assume the No. 3 seed at next week's Big Sky Tournament in Phoenix, Ariz., and will play the No. 6 seed against an opponent still to be determined. The top two seeds (Northern Arizona, Southern Utah) will receive a first round bye at the tournament which takes place April 25-27.

Sacramento State has made a big jump this year after finishing in seventh place and failing to qualify for last year's six-team Big Sky postseason tournament. The Hornets wrapped up the regular season with a 3-0 homestead, which included 6-1 victories over Weber State and Idaho State a week ago.

With the loss, Northern Colorado dropped to 11-12 overall and 3-7 in league play. Sacramento State seniors Losbergs, Hall, Dom Miller and Bernardo Moraes played for the final time in their careers at home, and were honored for their contributions to the program prior to the match.

Each of the Hornets' five singles wins came in straight sets, including Losbergs who posted a commanding 6-1, 6-0 victory over Kyle Pease at No. 1. Also winning in straight sets were Legaspi at No. 2 (6-0, 3-2, ret.), Gjerdaker at No. 4 (6-1, 6-1), Chabut at No. 5 (6-3, 3-1, ret.) and Hall at No. 6 (7-6, 7-6).

Legaspi won his fourth straight singles match, while Chabut , Gjerdaker and Hall have each won three straight.

In doubles play, the tandems of Losbergs/Chabut (7-5 at No. 1), and Legaspi/Dom Miller (6-3 at No. 3) each won to help the Hornets pick up the doubles point.

"Our guys played well on Senior Day, and I was happy how hard everyone competed," Sacramento State head coach Kevin Kurtz said. "Mikus played one of the best matches of his career, and the team winning three straight is a great way to enter next week's Big Sky Tournament. We are excited about the postseason, and looking forward to the challenge."

The Hornets will begin Big Sky Tournament play on Thursday in Phoenix against an opponent and time to be determined.