SACRAMENTO, Calif. — For the third time this season, and fifth time during his short career, Sacramento State sophomore Marek Marksoo was named the Big Sky Conference's Men's Tennis Player of the Week.
Marksoo, who is the Hornets' No. 1 singles player, also earned the Big Sky's weekly honor on Feb. 26 and Jan. 22.
Although Sacramento State went 1-3 last week, Marksoo has another impressive week, going 3-0 in singles play at No. 1, and 2-1 in doubles play at No. 1. That included a victory over 24th-ranked Cal's No. 1 player Ben McLachlan. In fact, Marksoo had victories over a pair of ranked opponents, knocking off 56th-ranked McLachlan in three sets, and pairing with teammate Aliaksandr Malko to beat Cal's 18th-ranked doubles team Campbell Johnson and Chris Konigsfeldt by an 8-6 score.
Marksoo, who did not play on Sunday against Nevada because of an injury, posted three singles wins over a three-day span. That included the win over McLachlan (6-4, 4-6, 12-10), and straight sets victories over UT Arlington's Yauheni Yakauleu (7-6, 6-3) and Northern Arizona's Shaun Waters (6-4, 6-4). The win over Waters proved to be important as Sacramento State beat Northern Arizona, 4-3, in its Big Sky Conference opener.
The only loss Marksoo suffered all week came against UT Arlington where he and Malko lost their match at No. 1 in a tiebreaker, 9-8 (7-4). Marksoo and Malko also had an 8-5 win over a tandem from Northern Arizona.
Marksoo has now won six straight singles matches and is 9-3 this season. He is also 8-2 with teammate Malko in doubles play. A first team all-Big Sky selection last year as a freshman Marksoo now has a career record of 26-6 in singles play, and 18-10 in doubles. The Hornets conclude a six-match homestand today against Nevada at noon.
August 12, 2013 MEN’S TENNIS EARNS ITA ACADEMIC TEAM AND INDIVIDUAL ACCOLADES
July 3, 2013 HORNETS EARN 29 SPRING BIG SKY All-ACADEMIC HONORS
April 7, 2013 MEN’S TENNIS CONCLUDES ROAD TRIP WITH 4-3 LOSS AT IDAHO
April 2, 2013 RAM NAMED BIG SKY MEN’S TENNIS PLAYER OF THE WEEK
April 1, 2013 MEN'S TENNIS WINS FIFTH STRAIGHT, DEFEATS MONTANA, 6-1
March 30, 2013 MEN’S TENNIS PICKS UP A PAIR OF CONFERENCE WINS
March 24, 2013 MEN’S TENNIS POSTS 4-3 COMEBACK WIN AT LOYOLA MARYMOUNT
March 23, 2013 MEN’S TENNIS WINS AT UC RIVERSIDE, 6-1
March 17, 2013 MEN’S TENNIS SPLITS A PAIR OF CONFERENCE MATCHES ON THE ROAD
March 12, 2013 MARKSOO NAMED BIG SKY TENNIS PLAYER OF THE WEEK....AGAIN
March 12, 2013 MEN’S TENNIS CRUSHES PREVIOUSLY UNBEATEN MONTANA STATE
March 7, 2013 MEN’S TENNIS BATTLES #24 CAL, BUT FALLS IN THE END, 5-2
March 1, 2013 MEN’S TENNIS FALLS TO PACIFIC, 5-2
February 26, 2013 MARKSOO EARNS FOURTH CAREER BIG SKY TENNIS PLAYER OF THE WEEK AWARD
February 23, 2013 MEN’S TENNIS ERASES 3-1 DEFICIT TO DEFEAT UC DAVIS
February 16, 2013 MEN’S TENNIS FALLS AT NATIONALLY RANKED SANTA CLARA, 5-2
February 10, 2013 CLOSE MATCH GOES AGAINST MEN'S TENNIS AT USF
January 22, 2013 MARKSOO OPENS TENNIS SEASON WITH BIG SKY PLAYER OF THE WEEK HONORS
January 20, 2013 MEN'S TENNIS FALLS IN CLOSE CONTEST AT HAWAI'I
January 15, 2013 MEN’S TENNIS FALLS AT #10 STANFORD IN SEASON OPENER
July 19, 2012 MARKSOO AND MALKO EARN ITA SCHOLAR-ATHLETE ACCOLADES