HONOLULU -- Sacramento State narrowly dropped the doubles point and was swept in singles play in a 7-0 loss to Hawai'i Pacific in a non-conference men's tennis matchup Thursday morning at the Hawai'i Tennis Complex.
The match marked the season opener for both teams. Hawai'i Pacific is a member of the Div. II ranks and is currently ranked fifth in the nation among all Div. II squads, and has two individuals ranked among the top six players in the country.
Sacramento State played the match without junior Sean Kolar (knee) who would have likely played at No. 2 in the team's singles lineup if healthy.
The Hornets had opportunities to win the doubles point but squandered a match point as the Sea Warriors won two of the three matches. Sacramento State got its lone victory at No. 3 where the tandem of Roy Brandys and Ayman Abdulwahab won by a score of 6-4. Abdulwahab is a true freshman and was playing in his first collegiate match. At No. 2, the Hornet combination of Oliver Andersen and Niranjan Ram squandered a match point before falling, 7-6 (5).
In singles play, at No. 1, junior Marek Marksoo lost a dual match for just the seventh time in his three-year Hornet career after falling to Petr Michnev, 7-6 (5), 6-2. Michnev is ranked No. 2 in the nation in the Div. II ranks. Marksoo is the reigning Big Sky Conference MVP.
At No. 2, junior Roy Brandys lost in straight sets (6-1, 6-4) to the sixth ranked player in the Div. II ranks Jaume Martinez-Vich. Also for the Hornets, Ram lost at No. 3 (6-3, 6-3), Andersen at No. 4 (6-0, 6-4), Tom Miller at No. 5 (6-3, 6-1), and Abdulwahab fell at No. 6 by a 6-4, 1-6, 6-2 score.
Today began a stretch that will see the Hornets play three matches over a four-day span in Honolulu, including matchups with BYU-Hawai'i on Saturday, and Hawai'i on Sunday.