ALBUQUERQUE - The Sacramento State men''s tennis team won the doubles point and took the top three singles matches to claim a 4-3 win over Illinois State, Friday evening at a match hosted by New Mexico.
The win evened the Hornets'' record at 1-1. The Redbirds dropped to 0-2.
The Hornets won two of the three doubles matches to take a 1-0 lead. Junaid Hossain and Gabriel Loredo won 8-5 at No. 1. Sacramento State also claimed a win at No. 3 where Thomas Morton and Ramon Perez defeated Alban Renard and Daniel Tobar, 10-8.
In singles play, Hossain knocked off Renard, 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 in the top singles match. Loredo made quick work of Yohan Nograbat, 6-2, 6-2, at No. 2. The team''s final win came at No. 3 where Warwick Foy defeated Nuno Jacinto, 2-6, 7-6, 6-4.
Illinois State nearly staged a comeback with three victories at the bottom of the ladder. Uskokovic beat Perez, 6-3, 6-2, at No. 4. Luka Marinkovic beat Hague Van Dillen, 6-0, 6-2, at No. 5 and Oscar Beich ground out a three-set win over Morton, 6-4, 6-7, 6-3.
Sacramento State will next play at UC Davis on Feb. 11.
1.Hossain/Loredo (SAC) Def. Uskokovic/Link (ISU) 8-5
2.Marinkovic/Jacinto (ISU) Def. Van Dillen/Foy (SAC) 8-6
3.Morton/Perez (SAC) Def. Renard/Tobar (ISU) 9-8, 10-8
1.Junaid Hossain (SAC) Def. Alban Renard (ISU) 6-4, 3-6, 6-3
2.Gabriel Loredo (SAC) Def. Yohan Nograbat (ISU) 6-2, 6-2
3.Warwick Foy (SAC) Def. Nuno Jacinto (ISU) 2-6, 7-6, 6-4
4.Djordje Uskokovic (ISU) Def. Ramon Perez (SAC) 6-3, 6-2
5.Luka Marinkovic (ISU) Def. Hague Van Dillen (SAC) 6-0, 6-2
6.Oscar Beich (ISU) Def. Thomas Morton (SAC) 6-4, 6-7, 6-3