The Sacramento State men’s tennis team lost to the University of Washington 6-1 for their fifth straight loss Saturday.
The Hornets (1-6, 1-0 Big Sky Conference) could not end the losing streak against the Huskies (7-4) in the third home match of the season. The team fell down 0-1 early in doubles losing the sets 2-1.
Seniors Hermont Legaspi and Louis Chabut lost the No. 1 doubles set 5-7 in a close match. Sophomore Josh Snowdon-Poole and freshman Elliot Arnarp lost the No. 2 doubles set 1-6.
Freshman Carlos Rodriguez and Anton De La Puente earned the only doubles win for the Hornets with a 6-0 victory in set No. 3. De La Puente credited their concentration when leading the set as the reason they were able to win.
“We did a very good job keeping focus because we were up pretty fast and easy the first three games and sometimes it’s tough when you’re up that much to keep concentrating,” De La Puente said.
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Although they won their doubles set, both Rodriguez and De La Puente lost in singles. Rodriguez lost the No. 4 singles match 0-2 (3-6, 1-6) and De La Puente lost the No. 6 singles match 1-2 (6-1, 1-6, 4-6).
The Hornets struggled in singles, losing five of the six matches. Snowdon-Poole lost the No. 2 match 0-2 (1-6, 2-6), Chabut lost the No. 3 match 0-2 (1-6, 2-6) and junior Michael Vizcarra lost the No. 5 match 0-2 (4-6, 2-6).
Legaspi earned the Hornets’ only singles win and match point of the day. He won a close No. 1 match 2-1 (6-4, 4-6, 5-10) with a third-set tiebreaker. Assistant coach Mikus Losbergs praised his performance against a strong opponent.
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“I think he is playing better, building his confidence and I think he’ll do good in the Big Sky matches,” Losbergs said.
Legaspi said his ability to keep the points close were key against strong serving from his opponent.
“I was able to return, overall, pretty good today especially the first serve which was really important,” Legaspi said.
Even though the team struggled, Legaspi applauded his teammates’ effort and intensity. He doesn’t believe the team needs to make any big adjustments, but instead work on the smaller details.
“Just the little important things, I don’t think it is nothing too major despite what the coaches say or what not,” Legaspi said.
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De La Puente recognized Washington as a good Pac-12 team, but said he is focusing on their upcoming Big Sky matches.
“We had some close matches, I think this is going to be very good practice for our two conference matches next week,” De La Puente said.
Coach Kevin Kurtz also believes the match against a strong non-conference team such as Washington was good preparation for their upcoming Big Sky matches. He said it was an amazing opportunity to play high-level teams and a good chance to learn, despite the losses.
Kurtz appreciates the experience his team has gained against teams out of the Big Sky and hopes it can give them an edge
“Even though it’s tough to have some losses early, it definitely gets us ready for conference,” Kurtz said.
Sac State’s next game is on the road against Idaho State on Friday at 2 p.m.