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Hornets dominate Portland State, sweep match

JJ Williams

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Portland State’s delayed flight gave the Sacramento State’s men’s tennis team extra time to unwind, and the rest paid off for the Hornets as they rolled over the Vikings today in a full match sweep at the Rio Del Oro Racquet Club.

The Hornets looked relaxed as they started Monday’s match with a 3-0 sweep in the doubles competition. Senior Javier Millan paired up with freshman Marek Marksoo to win the first match of the doubles competition 8-2.

The freshman duo of Sean Kolar and Tom Miller rolled over their opponents to win their doubles match 8-1. Veterans junior Aliaksandr Malko and senior Blake Emery managed to hold off the Vikings, winning their match 8-5 to complete the sweep.

The Hornets followed up the doubles competition with a complete team domination of the singles. Marksoo got the Hornets going by winning his match in two sets with 6-0, 6-1 scores. Malko secured the second Hornet victory with 6-1 scores in each set of his match. Freshman Roy Brandys brought home singles’ win number three, winning the first set 6-2 and the second 6-0.

The rest of the Hornets went on to win their matches with convincing two set victories to cap off sweeps in both competitions. No Viking scored more than four points in any of the remaining singles matches.

The win helps the Hornets bounce back from yesterday’s first Big Sky Conference lost to the undefeated University of Montana Grizzlies. Sac State moves to 8-11 on the season but is a solid 6-1 in conference play – second to the Grizzlies.

The Hornets hit the road to face the University of the Pacific Tigers Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. in a non-conference match at the Hal Nelson Tennis Courts. The road match will complete the Hornets’ four matches in four days.

Sac State will have a four-day break before facing the Idaho State University Bengals in the final match of the regular season Satuday and starting the Big Sky Tournament on April 21.

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