Men’s tennis loses tight match 4-3 at Gonzaga

Aaron Asmus

Sacramento State men’s tennis finished their third match in three days against Gonzaga on Sunday and lost 4-3.

The Hornets secured the doubles point with strong performances from the freshmen duos of Christopher Clayton and Kasparas Zemaitelis and Tom Miller and Sean Kolar.

Clayton and Zemaitelis have been one of the most successful doubles pairings for the Hornets in the No. 3 spot and are 4-3 together this season. They won their set 6-2 against Alvaro Nazal and Joey Brandt.

Kolar and Miller were the No. 1 doubles pairing and beat Hayden Smith and Vladimir Mijatovic, 6-4.

Junior Niranjan Ram and sophomore Joaquin Marquez also competed for the first time together in doubles, but lost 6-4 in the No. 2 spot for the Hornets.

Two notable players who were absent in singles were Ram and senior Roy Brandys. Brandys has been the Hornets’ most consistent singles player of late, winning four of his last five matches.

In singles, the Hornets only scored points in the No. 5 spot with Clayton and the No. 6 spot with Ayman Abdulwahab.

Abdulwahab took his match to tiebreak in the third set and was able to pull out the win. He beat Vicente Varas 1-6, 6-2, 7-6 (7-4). Abdulwahab is now 3-4 on the season competing in singles.

Clayton has not had many opportunities to compete in singles, but has performed well when he is in the lineup. He picked up his second singles win of the season and beat Sergio Chip in straight sets, 7-6 (9-5), 7-5.

The rest of the Hornets were not able to get much going and did not take a set. Kolar, the No. 1 singles player, lost to Nazal 6-1, 6-3, and Zemaitelis, who was in the No. 2 singles spot for the first time this season, lost 6-4, 6-3.

Miller competed in the No. 3 singles spot and lost 6-0, 7-6 (7-1). The loss broke a three-match winning streak in singles for Miller.

Marquez was in the No. 4 spot and experienced his first loss of the season in singles. He lost to Mijatovic 6-1, 7-5. Marquez is now 3-1 on the year in singles.

The Hornets will continue their season against University of North Dakota on March 18 at Rio Del Oro Racquet Club.