MENâ€™S TENNIS BEATS UC DAVIS FOR THE SIXTH STRAIGHT TIME
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Sacramento State’s Aliaksandr Malko, Javier Millan, Sean Kolar, Roy Brandys, Marek Marksoo and Jonathan Hultkrantz each posted singles victories to lead the Hornets to 6-1 men’s tennis win over UC Davis on Sunday afternoon at Rio Del Oro Racquet Club.
With the victory, the Hornets have now defeated their cross-Causeway rivals six straight times dating back to 2007. That includes five straight wins that have come by 6-1 scores. Sacramento State, which improved to 2-4 on the young season, is now 15-6 against the Aggies during the program’s Div. I era (1992-pres.). UC Davis dropped to 3-5 this season with the loss.
The Hornets were able to win convincingly despite playing five freshmen, including four in the team’s singles lineup. Kolar (No. 3 singles), Brandys (No. 4), Marksoo (No. 5) and Hultkrantz (No. 6) are each freshmen, as is Tom Miller who played No. 2 doubles.
After dropping the doubles point to trail, 1-0, the Hornets won all six singles matches, four of which came in straight sets. That included a convincing 6-0, 6-3 win by Millan at the No. 2 spot. Brandys (6-1, 6-2), Marksoo (6-4, 6-1) and Hultkrantz (7-5, 6-2) also won in straight sets. Hultkrantz erased a 5-3 deficit in the first set before posting his straight set win.
Malko saved a match point at No. 1 singles before beating Toki Sherbakov, 5-7, 7-6 (8), and 10-5 in the super tiebreaker. Kolar won his match by a 6-1, 2-6, 6-3 score.
Marksoo won for the fourth straight time in singles play and is now a team-best 5-1 this year (all at the No. 5 position).
The victory completed a marathon weekend for Sacramento State in which the team played three matches over a two-day span, including a win against Big Sky Conference foe Weber State yesterday. The Hornets will now take 11 days off before returning to action for a match at Nevada on March 2.
UC Davis vs Sacramento State
Feb 19, 2012 at Sacramento, Calif.
(Rio Del Oro Racquet Club)
Sacramento State 6, UC Davis 1
1. MALKO, Aliaksandr (SAC) def. Toki Sherbakov (UCD) 5-7, 7-6 (10-8), 10-5
2. MILLAN, Javier (SAC) def. Kyle Miller (UCD) 6-0, 6-3
3. KOLAR, Sean (SAC) def. Chris Aria (UCD) 6-1, 2-6, 6-3
4. BRANDYS, Roy (SAC) def. George Horowitz (UCD) 6-1, 6-2
5. MARKSOO, Marek (SAC) def. Hugo Verdi-Fortin (UCD) 6-4, 6-1
6. HULTKRANTZ, Jonathan (SAC) def. Alec Haley (UCD) 7-5, 6-2
1. Kyle Miller/Hugo Verdi-Fortin (UCD) def. MILLAN, Javier/KOLAR, Sean (SAC) 8-5
2. Alec Haley/Josh Alberg (UCD) def. MILLER, Tom/MALKO, Aliaksandr (SAC) 8-5
3. MARKSOO, Marek/BRANDYS, Roy (SAC) def. Chris Aria/Toki Sherbakov (UCD) 8-7 (7-4)
UC Davis 3-5
Sacramento State 2-4
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (5,2,4,6,3,1)