After winning its previous two conference matches on Friday and Saturday, the Sacramento State men’s tennis team fell to Northern Arizona University, Sunday in Flagstaff, Ariz.
The Hornets have been without juniors Sean Kolar and Marek Marksoo for nearly the entire season, and were also without junior Tom Miller and freshman Ayman Abdulwahab, who suffered a knee injury in his match at Northern Colorado on Saturday.
Sac State was unable to produce six healthy players, so they had to forfeit one of their matches. Abdulwahab entered doubles competition but was unable to finish the match.
With all the injuries the team has suffered, junior Roy Brandys and sophomore Niranjan Ram have stepped up and have been on a roll as of late. Both Ram and Brandys are 9-1 in conference matches this season. Both players lost their first conference match against Montana on March 1st, but have been undefeated since then.
Brandys won at No. 1 (7-5, 7-6), and Ram won at No. 2 (6-3, 5-7, 6-3). Junior Alejandro Villarreal also won his match at No. 5 (6-4, 0-6, 10-6).
The Hornets have now finished all conference competition and await to see if they will advance to the Big Sky Tournament at the end of the month.
Sac State will play two more matches, both on the road. They will head to Fresno State on April 13, then they will play University of Nevada, Reno on April 16th before returning home. The Hornets will take on the Bulldogs at noon, Sunday.