Men’s tennis dominates Southern Utah in 7-0 shutout


Senior Roy Brandys serves the ball to the opposing court during doubles on Sunday, March 8, 2015 at Rio Del Oro Racquet Club against Southern Utah University. Brandys and Sean Kolar went on to win their match.

Aaron Asmus

Sacramento State men’s tennis had one of its most dominant performances of the season against Southern Utah University for the Hornets’ first shutout of the year.

The Hornets did not drop a single set all day, with the closest game happening in the No. 2 singles match with Roy Brandys, who won his sets 6-4, 6-3.

After a tough weekend of losing in Texas against No. 67 nationally ranked SMU 5-0, and to University of Texas at Arlington 5-2, the Hornets came home prepared to compete at a high level.

“This was their first match of the season,” said coach Kevin Kurtz. “Everyone had a plan in their matches today and they went out and did it.”

The fatigue of playing their third match in three days and traveling didn’t play a factor for the team today, said Kurtz.

“We’re really gearing up for next weekend against Eastern Washington University, Idaho and Gonzaga,” Kurtz said.

Some more good news for the Hornets is Niranjan Ram, who injured himself on Feb. 27 against Weber State, is expected to be back next week. He is currently recovering from a groin injury.

Sac State started off strong in doubles, only losing four games out of all three sets. Freshman Kasparas Zemaitelis and freshman Christopher Clayton as the No.3 doubles pairing shut out Spencer Nielson and Dario Rios 6-0.

The No. 1 and No. 2 doubles started off closer, but ended up heavily in favor of Sac State. Junior Sean Kolar and Brandys beat Troy Benson and Taylor Wilko 6-2. Senior Tom Miller and Joaquin Marquez also won their contest 6-2.

Miller was able to get his second singles win of the year and did not drop a single game, winning 6-0, 6-0 as the No. 5 singles player for the Hornets.

Marquez continues his strong start to season with his second singles win in two attempts. He beat Brandon Olcott 6-0, 6-0 in straight sets.

Zemaitelis had lost seven straight singles matches before winning today. He won against Wilko, 6-0, 6-1.

Kolar has three singles wins in his last four attempts as the Hornets No. 1 singles player. He beat Troy Benson 6-1, 6-0 in straight sets.

Sac State will continue their season on March 13 against Idaho in Spokane, Washington.