HARBATSIUK AND SMITH WIN AGAIN, BUT MENâ€™S TENNIS FALLS TO SAN DIEGO
FRESNO, Calif. -- Despite straight-set victories from junior Kiryl Harbatsiuk and sophomore Jason Smith, the Sacramento State men’s tennis team fell to San Diego, 4-2, Monday afternoon at the Spalding G. Wathen Tennis Center in Fresno.
The two teams did not play the doubles portion of the match because of expected inclement weather. The loss wrapped up a stretch of five matches in five days for a Sacramento State team that dropped to 15-9 overall. The Hornets have still won nine of their last 11 matches and have just two contests remaining on the regular season schedule. They will assume the No. 1 seed at the Big Sky Conference Tournament later this month (April 24-25).
San Diego, which is 58th in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association rankings (the ITA ranks the top 75 teams), improved to 10-8. Of the Hornets’ nine losses this season, seven of those defeats have now come against teams ranked among the nation’s top 60 teams.
Harbatsiuk increased his school-record singles winning streak to 22 after knocking off San Diego’s Dean Jackson by a 6-1, 6-4 score. Harbatsiuk is now 23-1 in singles play (15-0 at No. 1), and 21 of his 23 victories have now come in straight sets.
Smith improved to 20-4 this year after beating Thibaut Visy, 7-6 (3), 7-6 (3). The Davis, Calif., native has won 20 of his last 22 matches, and is now 16-3 at the No. 3 spot. Combined, Harbatsiuk and Smith are a ridiculous 43-5 this year in singles play.
At No. 2, Anton Stryhas fell to 94th-ranked Nikola Bubnic, 6-4, 6-4, and Nils Schive held on to beat the Hornets’ Holden Ching at No. 4 (7-5, 6-4). Marko Starcevic kept his match close at No. 5 before falling, 2-6, 6-4, 6-4, and Tim Lantin fell at No. 6 (6-3, 6-3).
Sacramento State wraps its home portion of the regular season schedule this Thursday, April 15, when the team hosts Santa Clara at 1 p.m.
#58 San Diego 4, Sacramento State 2
1. #74 HARBATSIUK, Kiryl (SAC) def. Dean Jackson (USD) 6-1, 6-4
2. #94 Nikola Bubnic (USD) def. STRYHAS, Anton (SAC) 6-4, 6-4
3. SMITH, Jason (SAC) def. Thibaut Visy (USD) 7-6 (7-3), 7-6 (7-3)
4. Nils Schive (USD) def. CHING, Holden (SAC) 7-5, 6-4
5. Casey Powers (USD) def. STARCEVIC, Marko (SAC) 2-6, 6-4, 6-4
6. Abdullah Hashem (USD) def. LANTIN, Tim (SAC) 6-3, 6-3
Order of finish: Singles (1,2,4,6,5,3)