PHOENIX, Ariz. -- Sacramento State received singles wins from Mikus Losbergs and Johannes Gjerdaker, but it was not enough as the Hornets fell to Idaho State, 4-2, in the Big Sky Conference Men's Tennis quarterfinal round on Thursday morning at the Phoenix Tennis Center.
The Hornets were the No. 3 seed for the tournament after finishing the year tied for second place with a 7-3 conference record. That included a 6-1 home victory over Idaho State less than two weeks ago (April 14). The Bengals, who are the No. 6 seed, improved to 9-11 overall, and will advance to take on No. 1 seed Northern Arizona in tomorrow's seminal matchup at 8 a.m.
Sacramento State had won each of its final three regular season matches of the season (all by 6-1 scores) and was playing some of its best tennis of the year prior to today's loss. In that 6-1 win over Idaho State on April 14, the Hornets won all six singles matches.
Today, the Hornets lost the doubles point, usually a bad sign as the team went 1-9 when dropping the doubles point this year. In fact, that lone win after falling in double play came against Idaho State on April 14.
Sacramento State won at No. 1 doubles where Losbergs and Louis Chabut were victorious by a 6-2 score, but lost at Nos. 2 (6-2) and 3 (6-3).
In singles play, Losbergs quickly evened the score at 1-1 after the fourth-year senior was victorious at No. 1 by a 6-3, 6-4 score. Idaho State then took a 2-1 lead as Chabut fell at No. 5 by a 6-1, 6-4 score.
Gjerdaker, a true freshman, won his match at No. 3 to tie the score at 2-2. Gjerdaker, who was moved up to No. 3 in the lineup for just the second time this season, beat Lukas Ridemar, 1-6, 6-2, 6-0. Gjerdaker finished the season 14-5 in singles play, including 9-2 against Big Sky opposition.
Idaho State would then win two nail bitters to claim the 4-2 win. Donald Hall fell at No. 6 by a 6-3, 7-6 (6) score, and the match clincher came at No. 4 where Dom Miller lost to Fynn Lohse, 6-7 (4), 6-4, 7-5.
Hermont Legaspi was locked in a 3-3 tie in the third set of his match at No. 2, but that contest was halted after Idaho State had the necessary four points for victory.
The loss marked the end of the collegiate careers for Losbergs, Miller, Hall and Bernardo Moraes. Losbergs finished his career with a 47-38 record in dual singles play, with all but one of those matches coming at No. 1 in the team's lineup. He also went 49-33 in doubles play, all at No. 1.
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