SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Highlighted by straight set singles wins from Mikus Losbergs, Kasparas Zemaitelis, Hermont Legaspi and Donald Hall, the Sacramento State men's tennis team blanked Hawai'i, 7-0, on Wednesday afternoon at the Rio Del Oro Racquet Club.
Playing their final non-conference match of the season, Sacramento State won its third straight while improving to 10-10 overall and 7-2 at home this year. The Hornets, who sit just a half game back of first place in the Big Sky Conference, will now shift their attention to league play where the team will play its final three conference matches over the next 10 days.
All six players in Sacramento State's singles lineup were victorious. That included Losbergs at No. 1 (6-1, 6-4), reigning Big Sky Player of the Week Zemaitelis at No. 3 (6-4, 6-1), Legaspi at No. 5 (6-2, 6-2) and Hall at No. 6 (6-1, 6-2). The Hornets also got victories from Dom Miller at No. 2 (5-7, 6-2, 10-7) and Louis Chabut at No. 4 (7-5, 2-6, 11-9).
Chabut, Miller and Zemaitelis all won their third straight singles matches while Losbergs improved to a team-best 12-8 this year in singles play, including 12-7 at No. 1. Zemaitelis (11-9) and Miller (10-9) are also above the .500 mark in singles.
The Hornets began the match by winning the doubles point as the No. 1 duo of Losbergs/Zemaitelis (6-4) and No. 3 Legaspi/Miller (6-2) were each victorious. At No. 2, Chabut and Christopher Clayton were ahead, 5-4, when the match was stopped because the Hornets had already secured the doubles point. The combination of Losbergs/Zemaitelis is now 7-3 this year in doubles play.
"Today was some of the best doubles we've played all season and the guys produced quality point after quality point," Sacramento State assistant coach Kevin Kurtz said. "Hermont, Kasparas and Donald all won their singles matches quickly, taking pressure off the rest of the ineup since the win was already secured.
"We are playing good tennis right now, but still taking things one match at a time. We have three big matches coming up, and we will be taking some momentum with us on the road to Montana later this week."
Sacramento State (6-2 in the Big Sky) will be traveling this week for matchups on Friday at Montana at 1 p.m. PDT, and Saturday at Montana State at 9 a.m. PDT. The Hornets close the regular season at home on April 15 vs. Weber State. For a look at the current Big Sky standings, please click here.
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