RIVERSIDE, Calif. — Sacramento State's Marek Marksoo, Aliaksandr Malko, Roy Brandys, Sean Kolar and Tom Miller each won in straight sets to help the Hornets to a 6-1 victory over UC Riverside Saturday afternoon at the Riverside City College Tennis Courts.
With the win, the Hornets, who have now won five of their last seven matches, improved to 8-10 overall this season. UC Riverside dropped to 2-13.
Marksoo (6-0, 7-6 at No. 1), Malko (6-4, 6-1 at No. 2), Brandys (7-6, 6-3 at No. 3), Kolar (6-0, 6-2 at No. 4) and Miller (6-3, 6-2 at No. 6) each won with relative ease.
The doubles teams of Brandys/Kolar (8-4 at No. 2) and Miller/Henrik Raag (8-1 at No. 3) were also victorious to give the Hornets the doubles point. Malko and Marksoo, who are the nation's 80th-ranked doubles team, were leading their match at No. 1 by a 7-4 score, but the match was stopped early because the Hornets already had the necessary two victories to earn the point.
Marksoo has now won 10 straight singles matches and improved to 13-3 this season while Kolar (six straight) and Brandys (five straight) also added to their lengthy singles winning streaks. Kolar dropped his first 11 matches of the season before running off six straight singles wins.
Sacramento State returns to action tomorrow when the team concludes its five-match road trip with a 1:30 p.m. match at Loyola Marymount.
Sacramento State vs UC Riverside
Mar 23, 2013 at Riverside, Calif.
(Riverside City College)
Sacramento State 6, UC Riverside 1
1. MARKSOO, Marek (SAC) def. Jimmy Roberts (UCR) 6-0, 7-6 (7-3)
2. MALKO, Aliaksandr (SAC) def. Luis Gastao (UCR) 6-4, 6-1
3. BRANDYS, Roy (SAC) def. Julian Ruffin (UCR) 7-6 (7-4), 6-3
4. KOLAR, Sean (SAC) def. Calvin Ngo (UCR) 6-0, 6-2
5. Marcus Vizcarra (UCR) def. RAM, Niranjan (SAC) 7-5, 6-2
6. MILLER, Tom (SAC) def. Kelly Dickson (UCR) 6-3, 6-2
1. Jimmy Roberts/Marcus Vizcarra (UCR) vs. #80 MALKO, Aliaksandr/MARKSOO, Marek (SAC) 4-7, unfinished
2. BRANDYS, Roy/KOLAR, Sean (SAC) def. Julian Ruffin/Kevin Griffin (UCR) 8-4
3. MILLER, Tom/RAAG, Henrik (SAC) def. Luis Gastao/Calvin Ngo (UCR) 8-1
Sacramento State 8-10
UC Riverside 2-13
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2); Singles (4,5,2,6,3,1)