DESPITE FOUR FRESHMEN IN THE LINEUP, MENâ€™S TENNIS NARROWLY FALLS AT ARIZONA, 4-3
Senior Javier Millan won his match at No. 2 in straight sets as the Hornets fell to Arizona, 4-3
TUCSON, Ariz. -- Using a lineup that consisted of four freshmen, the Sacramento State men’s tennis team nearly knocked off nationally ranked Arizona on Friday afternoon at the LaNelle Robson Tennis Center. The Wildcats, who are ranked 54th in the nation, won the match by a 4-3 score.
Today marked the season opener for Sacramento State, while Arizona (2-0) was playing its home opener. Arizona knocked off Northern Arizona by a 7-0 score last weekend. Northern Arizona finished in a tie for second place in last year’s Big Sky standings behind Sacramento State.
The Hornets fielded freshmen Roy Brandys, Sean Kolar, Marek Marksoo and Jonathan Hultkrantz at the Nos. 3-6 spots, respectively, in the team’s lineup. The only returners to play today for Sacramento State were junior Aliaksandr Malko (No. 1) and senior Javier Millan (No. 2).
The Hornets and Wildcats split the six singles matches as Millan (6-3, 6-2), Marksoo (3-6, 6-0, 6-3) and Hultkrantz (6-4, 6-7, 6-2) were each victorious. In his second season with the Hornets, Millan was playing his first career match at No. 2 as the Hermosillo, Mexico, native spent time at the Nos. 3, 4, 5 and 6 spots in last year’s lineup.
Marksoo, a native of Tallinn, Estonia, knocked off Arizona’s Sebastian Ionescu, and Hultkrantz, a native of Helsingborg, Sweden, defeated the Wildcats’ Mario Urquidi.
Malko (6-2, 6-0), Brandys (6-1, 6-3) and Kolar (7-6, 6-3) each fell in their respective singles matches. Arizona swept all three doubles matches to pick up the doubles point.
Sacramento State’s lineup included players from Poland, Sweden, Belarus, Estonia, Mexico and the United States.
The Hornets return to action tomorrow at 11 a.m. where they will play San Francisco in a neutral-site match in Tucson.