MENâ€™S TENNIS FALLS TO UTAH, 4-2
LAS CRUCES, N.M. -- Sacramento State sophomore Anton Stryhas and freshman Kiryl Harbatsiuk each posted straight set victories, but it was not enough as Utah defeated the Hornets, 4-2, on Sunday morning at the NMSU Tennis Center. Due to high winds in the Las Cruces area, the doubles portion of the match was not played.
With the loss, Sacramento State dropped to 5-5 and concluded its four-match, five-day trip in New Mexico with a 1-3 record. With the victory, Utah, which had been ranked earlier this season, improved to 5-3.
Harbatsiuk (No. 1 in the Hornets’ latter) and Stryhas (No. 2) continued their dominance this season as the duo have now combined for a 17-3 singles record – Stryhas is 9-1 and Harbatsiuk is 8-2.
However, Sacramento State could not get any help from positions 3-6 in the lineup as Artur Klimenka (No. 3), Sven-David Rueff (No. 5) and Ronan Conlon (No. 6) each lost in straight sets. Holden Ching lost in three sets in the No. 4 position.
The Hornets, who are in the midst of a run that will see the team play 12 straight matches away from home, return to action next week when they travel to San Francisco (March 7), Saint Mary’s (March 8) and Santa Clara (March 9).
Utah 4, Sacramento State 2
1. Kiryl Harbatsiuk (SACST) def. Miron Mann (UTAH) 6-0, 6-2
2. Anton Stryhas (SACST) def. Othman Zerouali-Oua (UTAH) 6-4, 6-2
3. Wes Hancock (UTAH) def. Artur Klimenka (SACST) 6-3, 6-0
4. Jason Smits (UTAH) def. Holden Ching (SACST) 5-7, 6-2, 6-1
5. Stephen Jacobs (UTAH) def. Sven-David Rueff (SACST) 7-6, 6-3
6. Amit Maharaj (UTAH) def. Ronan Conlon (SACST) 6-2, 6-2
Only singles matches played because of wind