May 26, 2017

Sac State men’s tennis team shut out against Aggies

Sacramento State sophomore Dom Miller backhands the ball during a doubles match against Grand Canyon in the Golden State Invite Saturday at the Sac State tennis courts. (Photo by Matthew Dyer)

The Sacramento State men’s tennis team was swept for the second straight game Sunday after falling 7-0 to UC Davis in the final day of the Golden State Invite.

After being swept (4-0) Saturday by Grand Canyon, the Hornets traveled to the Mayra Welch Tennis Center at UC Davis which co-hosted eight schools in the Golden State Invite. The Aggies and Hornets faced off for third place in the invite, while Portland defeated Grand Canyon for first place.

Sac State’s No. 3 sophomore doubles team of Dom Miller and Donald Hall never led in their match against Alec Adamson and Max Pham as they lost 6-3. Junior Christopher Clayton and freshman Hermont Legaspi kept the No. 2 doubles match close in the first half (4-3) but UC Davis seniors Bryce McKelvie and James Wade pulled away 6-4.

The No. 1 duo of junior Kasparas Zemaitelis and sophomore Mikus Losbergs jumped ahead 4-1 for the Hornets, but David Goulak and Tommy Lam forced a tiebreaker point and won 7-6. The doubles three-match sweep earned UC Davis a 1-0 team lead heading into the singles round.

The Aggies took 1-0 leads in four of the six singles matches with Wade (No. 2), Everett Maltby (No. 4) and Eli Whittle (No. 5) grabbing 4-1 advantages over the Hornets in their first sets. Miller ended up losing (6-2, 6-3) at No. 2, Chabut fell (6-1, 6-2) in the No. 4 spot and Clayton lost (6-3, 6-1) at No. 5 for Sac State.

Sacramento State sophomore Dom Miller forehands the ball against James Wade of UC Davis in a singles match Sunday at the Mayra Welch Tennis Center. (Photo by Alec Romero)  

After No. 3 Zemaitelis (6-3, 6-2) and No. 6 Hall (6-3, 6-0) were defeated by McKelvie and Goulak, Losbergs pushed Adamson to three sets before falling (6-4, 2-6, 11-9) in the tiebreaker.

“Coach (Slava Konikov) just told me to do my best and remember what we worked on during practice,” Losbergs said.

This weekend marked the second time this season that Sac State has played three games over a Friday through Sunday span, as the Hornets played Eastern Washington and Gonzaga from Feb. 10-12.

“It’s tough, especially having an early Sunday morning match such as this one,” Miller said.

The Hornets will get five days off before traveling to Reno, Nevada to practice and prepare March 18 for its match against the Wolf Pack — which placed sixth in the Golden State Invite over the weekend.

“With Reno it’s higher elevation so we are getting there a day early to have a good practice and adjust for the match,” Losbergs said.

The Sac State men’s tennis team now holds a 7-8 overall record (5-2 Big Sky) and will return home March 19 to compete against Yale at the Rio Del Oro Racquet Club.

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Alec Romero

Alec Romero is a fourth year student at Sacramento State where he is majoring in communication studies with intended minors in journalism and marketing. Alec joined the State Hornet spring 2017 but prior, he was a sports writer for his high school magazine Shark Attack at Santiago High School in Corona, California. You might have also heard Alec on KSSU, Sac State's student-run radio station where he does a weekly show every Tuesday called The Weekly Sports Report. Currently, Alec is an intern at ESPN Radio 1320. He wants to continue sports writing after college or move into internal professional sports operations such as radio producing, marketing or media relations.

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