FRESHMAN TIM LANTIN NAMED BIG SKY TENNIS PLAYER OF THE WEEK
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Sacramento State freshman Tim Lantin was named the Big Sky Conference Men’s Tennis Player of the Week today, and a member of the Hornet men’s team has now received the honor each of the last six weeks and seven of the last eight.
Prior to Lantin’s honor today, freshman Anton Stryhas (April 3), senior Gabriel Loredo (March 29, March 20), freshman Xavier Barajas-Smith (March 14) and Stryhas (March 7) were named Big Sky Player of the Week each of the last five weeks. The award for Lantin was his first of the season.
One of three freshmen in the Hornets’ singles lineup, Lantin helped lead Sacramento State to a 2-0 record last week, including a 4-3 victory over San Francisco and a 7-0 win against Pacific. Lantin, who has played at both the Nos. 5 and 6 spots in the Hornets’ lineup this season, won in straight sets in both matches during the week and posted a 1-1 record in doubles.
The Danville, Calif., native began the week by beating Mitch Del Rosario at No. 6 (7-5, 6-2) as the Hornets squeaked out a 4-3 victory over San Francisco. Lantin’s match was the first to finish of the six singles competitions. Against Pacific, he beat Robert Price at No. 5 (6-2, 6-1) and teamed with Warwick Foy to win at No. 3 doubles by the score of 8-1.
Lantin has now won five singles matches in a row, and 11 of the last 13. The freshman is 14-4 this season, including 13-3 at No. 6 singles.
Lantin has been a big contributor to a Sacramento State team that is now 16-4 overall and 7-0 in the Big Sky. The Hornets are off to their best record after 20 matches since the 2001 team was 18-2. Currently ranked 73rd in the nation, Sacramento State has won four in a row and 12 of its last 13 matches.