RENO, Nev. -- The Sacramento State men's tennis team increased its winning streak to six matches with a victory over the University of Idaho, 5-2, Saturday afternoon at the Lakeridge Tennis Club in Reno, Nevada.
The Hornets, who have also won 16 of their past 17 matches, improved their overall record to 18-2. Today's match was the team's final tune-up before it competes at the Big Sky Championships April 20-22 t the Rio Del Oro Racquet Club in Sacramento. The Hornets enter the tournament as a No. 1 seed and will receive a bye in the first round.
Junior Sherif Zaher (No. 1), senior Chris Smith (No. 3) and sophomores Sylvain Iff (No. 5) and Nick Sheehan (No. 6) were each victorious for the Hornets in singles play. Smith has now won each of his last nine matches while improving his overall record on the season to 16-4.Sheehan, who was playing for the injured Kevin Vieira, won his second match of the season. The Hornets swept all three doubles matches to gain the doubles point. Eddie Brisbois and Brad Lum-Tucker were victorious in singles play for the Vandals.
Next weekend, the Hornets will be gunning for their third Big Sky Conference title in the last four years as the team also won the crown in 1998 and 1999.
SACRAMENTO STATE 5, IDAHO 2
1. Sherif Zaher def. Amod Wakalkar, 6-2, 6-0
2. Fabio Jesus def. by Eddie Brisbois, 6-4, 7-5
3. Chris Smith def. Stephen DeSilva, 6-3, 6-3
4. Joseph Gilbert def. by Brad Lum-Tucker, 7-5, 6-4
5. Sylvain Iff def. Fredrick von Sydow, 7-5, 6-7 (4), 7-6 (2)
6. Nick Sheehan def. Christopher Faulman, 6-1, 4-6, 7-5
1. Zaher/Gilbert def. Wakalkar/Brock Berry, 8-6
2. Iff/Sheehan def. Brisbois/Lum-Tucker, 8-5
3. Jesus/Smith def. DeSilva/von Sydow, 8-6