SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Sophomore Marek Marksoo was ranked 120th in the nation by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA), becoming the fourth player in the men's tennis program's history to receive a national singles ranking.
The ITA ranks the top 125 singles players from the 273 NCAA Div. I tennis programs around the country. Marksoo joins former Sacramento State players Kiryl Harbatsiuk (2008-11), Jason Smith (2009-11) and Anton Stryhas (2007-10) as the only four Hornets to receive a national singles ranking.
Earlier this year, Marksoo and teammate Aliaksandr Malko were ranked as the 80th best doubles team in the nation. In fact, that marked just the fourth doubles team ranked in school history, joining Harbatsiuk/Anton Stryhas, and Harbatsiuk/Marko Starcevic, and Starcevic/Holden Ching.
Marksoo currently has a 14-3 singles record this season, and has won each of his last 11 matches. He began the year as the team's No. 2 singles player, but was moved up to the top spot three matches into the season, and has since posted a 13-2 record.
Despite missing the last seven matches with injury, most notably because of a badly sprained ankle, Marksoo's body of work was enough to warrant a national ranking. Of his 14 singles wins, nine have come in straight sets, including six of his last seven victories. One of the three-set wins came against Cal's Ben McLachlan, who is currently ranked 35th in the nation by the ITA. Marksoo is also 11-4 in doubles play this season, all at No. 1 with Malko.
In February, Marksoo became the first player in school history to compete in the Davis Cup, when he was selected to play for his home country of Estonia.
Marksoo, who was a first team all-Big Sky Conference last season, now has a 31-6 career singles record. He began his freshman season as the team's No. 5 singles player, but moved all the way up to No. 2 by the end of the year.
Sacramento State (14-12, 9-1) is idle this week, and does not return to action until playing its final match of the regular season at home against Saint Mary's on Sunday, April 21. The Hornets will host the Big Sky Tournament (April 26-28) at the Gold River Racquet Club later this month. The team has clinched at least the No. 2 seed for the tournament, and will receive a bye in the quarterfinal round.