The student news site of Sacramento State University

The State Hornet

Sac State swept against Grand Canyon tennis team, 4-0

Sacramento+State+sophomore+Mikus+Losbergs+backhands+the+ball+during+a+singles+match+against+Grand+Canyon+in+the+Golden+State+Invite+Saturday+at+the+Sac+State+tennis+courts.+%28Photo+by+Matthew+Dyer%29
Sacramento State sophomore Mikus Losbergs backhands the ball during a singles match against Grand Canyon in the Golden State Invite Saturday at the Sac State tennis courts. (Photo by Matthew Dyer)

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

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

Sami Soto

Hang on for a minute...we're trying to find some more stories you might like.


Email This Story






The Sacramento State men’s tennis team fell to Grand Canyon on the second day of the Golden State Invite Saturday at the Sac State tennis courts.

Sac State (7-7, 5-2 Big Sky Conference) had close matches in four of the contests, but those were left unfinished due to Grand Canyon’s (9-7) quick 4-0 sweep.

“They’re a good team,” Sac State assistant coach Kevin Kurtz said. “We had some chances in doubles and singles, and we didn’t take advantage of them.”

The Hornets’ first-time pairing of freshman Hermont Legaspi and junior Christopher Clayton frequently sent the ball deep in attempt to throw off Mathieu Rajaonah and Mathieu Ounanian in doubles play, but fell short, 6-2. The No. 1 tandem of Mikus Losbergs and Kasparas Zemaitelis lost 6-4, which left the No. 3 doubles team of sophomores Donald Hall and Dom Miller unfinished (6-5) after the first set.

“We’re trying to find some winning doubles combinations so we switch them around a little bit,” Kurtz said. “They had lots of chances — the energy was good, they played some high level tennis.”

Sacramento State junior Kasparas Zemaitelis 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)

Sac State struggled throughout singles play, losing all three completed matches in two sets. Clayton won the first set in his No. 5 singles match (6-2) and was up 3-2 in the second before the game was stopped.

“It’s always a bit disappointing when it’s quite a long match and then you have to stop and there is no completion of the match,” Clayton said. “That’s the way it goes sometimes.”

Zemaitelis was in the midst of a comeback in the second set at No. 3 against Grand Canyon’s Adrian Legarreta, but fell short (7-2, 6-3) after the final match point ended with a short shot by Legarreta causing Zemaitelis to send the ball into the net.

The use of a heavy topspin by Grand Canyon was a factor all throughout the matches, while Sac State freshman Louis Chabut was unable to execute his forehand “weapon shot” against Lorenzo Fucile during No. 4 singles competition.

“He played really well,” Chabut said. “He played a lot on my backhand and it was a weird spin and it was kind of hard for me to reply.”

The Hornets will take on either UC Davis or Portland State at 9 a.m. in the final day of the Golden State Invite Sunday at UC Davis. Sac State defeated Portland State (6-1) on Jan. 28 and lost to UC Davis (5-2) on Feb. 25.

“Regardless of the strength of a team I think we’ll come out fired up and ready to go and win every point,” Clayton said. “And I think tomorrow, again we can expect some real tough and long points.”

Print Friendly, PDF & Email
The following two tabs change content below.

Sami Soto

Video Editor
Sami Soto is a Santa Barbara native attending CSU Sacramento where she majors in Government-Journalism and minors in Creative Writing. She works as a video editor and writer for The State Hornet. Sami is a radio host for Sac State's radio station, KSSU, where she broadcasts her weekly radio show and blogs about current events. Sami has a passion for video and audio storytelling, and aspires a career in the multimedia journalism field. She can be reached at [email protected]

Leave a Comment

If you want a picture to show with your comment, go get a gravatar.




Navigate Right
Navigate Left
  • Sac State swept against Grand Canyon tennis team, 4-0

    Featured

    GALLERY: Hornet Stadium hosts USA Track and Field Outdoor Championships

  • Sac State swept against Grand Canyon tennis team, 4-0

    Baseball

    Sac State wins WAC title, advances to play Stanford in NCAA Regional

  • Sac State swept against Grand Canyon tennis team, 4-0

    Baseball

    Sac State baseball sweeps final home series, celebrates Senior Day

  • Sac State swept against Grand Canyon tennis team, 4-0

    Softball

    Sac State softball team eliminated from Big Sky Tournament

  • Sac State swept against Grand Canyon tennis team, 4-0

    Featured

    Men’s track and field team takes home Big Sky title

  • Sac State swept against Grand Canyon tennis team, 4-0

    Best of Sac State

    And the winners are…

  • Sac State swept against Grand Canyon tennis team, 4-0

    Best of Sac State

    Justin Dillon voted ‘Best Male Athlete’ at Sac State

  • Sac State swept against Grand Canyon tennis team, 4-0

    Best of Sac State

    Caitlin Soliwoda voted ‘Best Female Athlete’ at Sac State

  • Sac State swept against Grand Canyon tennis team, 4-0

    Golf

    Redemption: Hornets overcome last year’s painful finish to win Big Sky

  • Sac State swept against Grand Canyon tennis team, 4-0

    Golf

    Sac State women’s golf ends 10-year NCAA Regional drought