SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Sacramento State received singles wins from Marek Marskoo, Aliaksandr Malko, Sean Kolar and Tom Miller to post a come-from-behind 4-3 win over Saint Mary's in a non-conference men's tennis match Sunday afternoon at the Rio Del Oro Racquet Club.
Today marked the final match of the regular season as Sacramento State moved its record to 15-12, and the team has now won 11 of its last 14 matches. More importantly, the Hornets, who are the Big Sky Conference's co-regular season champions with Montana State, will assume the No. 1 seed in next weekend's Big Sky Tournament at the Gold River Racquet Club. The six-team, three-day tournament will begin on Friday with quarterfinal matches, followed by the semifinals on Saturday, and championship match on Sunday.
The Hornets have now won 11 Big Sky regular season titles since joining the league in 1997 (1998-99, 2001-03, 2007-11, 2013).
By virtue of the No. 1 seed, Sacramento State will receive a bye in the quarterfinal round, and play at 10 a.m. on Saturday in the semifinals against the lowest remaining seed. The Hornets entered this weekend in second place in the league standings, but saw previously unbeaten Idaho State lose both its matches to allow Sacramento State to jump into first place with Montana State. The Hornets assume the No. 1 seed based on their 7-0 win over the Bobcats earlier this season in Sacramento.
The seeds for the Big Sky Tournament are as follows: 1. Sacramento State, 2. Montana State, 3. Montana, 4. Idaho State, 5. Weber State, 6. Eastern Washington. Northern Colorado, Portland State, North Dakota, Northern Arizona and Southern Utah did not qualify for the tournament. The quarterfinal, semifinal and championship rounds will all begin at 10 a.m. Admission to all three days of the tournament is free.
The Big Sky Tournament home page can be found by clicking here.
In today's match, the Hornets erased a 3-1 deficit by getting singles wins from Miller, Kolar and Marksoo, respectively, to pull out the win. Marksoo, who is currently ranked 117th in the nation by the ITA, beat 116th-ranked Jesse Kiuru, 7-6, 4-6, 6-4, to clinch the win. Kolar won his match in three sets at No. 4 (6-3, 3-6, 7-6), and Miller won his match at No. 6 by a 6-3, 7-5 score. Malko earned the Hornets' first point after his opponent at No. 2 retired with injury with Malko leading in the first set by a 3-2 score.
Saint Mary's (9-14) opened the match by winning two of the three doubles matches to earn the doubles point. Malko/Marksoo improved to 12-4 with their victory at No. 1 (8-4), but the Gaels won at Nos. 2 and 3, including a tiebreaker win at No. 3.
Saint Mary's vs Sacramento State
Apr 21, 2013 at Sacramento, Calif.
(Rio Del Oro Racquet Club)
Sacramento State 4, Saint Mary's 3
1. #117 MARKSOO, Marek (SAC) def. #116 Jesse Kiuru (SMC) 7-6, 4-6, 6-4
2. MALKO, Aliaksandr (SAC) def. Joakim Norstrom (SMC) 3-2, retired
3. Tuomas Manner (SMC) def. BRANDYS, Roy (SAC) 6-4, 6-0
4. KOLAR, Sean (SAC) def. Seif El Sherbini (SMC) 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (7-2)
5. Samuel Bloore (SMC) def. RAM, Niranjan (SAC) 6-2, 7-5
6. MILLER, Tom (SAC) def. Thomas Hunt (SMC) 6-3, 7-5
1. MALKO, Aliaksandr/MARKSOO, Marek (SAC) def. Jesse Kiuru/Joakim Norstrom (SMC) 8-4
2. Samuel Bloore/Tuomas Manner (SMC) def. BRANDYS, Roy/KOLAR, Sean (SAC) 8-5
3. Seif El Sherbini/Thomas Hunt (SMC) def. MILLER, Tom/RAAG, Henrik (SAC) 9-8 (7-2)
Saint Mary's 9-14
Sacramento State 15-12
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (2,3,5,6,4,1)