BOZEMAN, Mont. -- With the score tied at 3-3, Montana State's Kenny Dodd defeated Oliver Andersen, 7-5, 4-6, 6-1, to clinch the Bobcats' 4-3 victory over Sacramento State in a Big Sky Conference men's tennis match.
Making the loss more grueling is Andersen was serving with a 5-3 lead in the first set before Dodd came back to win by a 7-5 score. The Hornets also lost the doubles point on a tiebreaker.
Sacramento State, which has dealt with injuries all season long, has now dropped five straight while falling to 2-8 overall and 0-2 in the Big Sky. A powerhouse in the conference for years, the Hornets hadn't lost more than one Big Sky match in any season spanning the last seven years prior to falling to 0-2 today. In addition, the team has dropped its first two conference matches for the first time since 1997. The Hornets lost at Montana yesterday by a 5-2 score.
The doubles point came down to the match at No. 1 where the Hornets' Marek Marksoo and Tom Miller fell in a tiebreaker, 7-4, to Markus Schleuter and Diego Campos. That gave the Bobcats two victories out of the three doubles matches to earn what turned out to be a very valuable doubles point.
Sacramento State won three of the first four singles matches to take a 3-2 lead as the Hornets' Marksoo (No. 1), Roy Brandys (No. 2) and Niranjan Ram (No. 3) were each victorious. Marksoo was the only Sacramento State player to win both his singles matches against the Montana schools this weekend.
Montana State, however, was able to pull out the victory with wins at Nos. 5 and 6. The Hornets' Joaquin Marquez fell at No. 5, and Andersen dropped the final match of the day to Dodd.
Sacramento State hopes to get back on track with a nine-match homestand that will keep the Hornets in Sacramento the rest of the month. The first leg of the homestand begins next weekend when the team plays San Francisco on Saturday at 1 p.m. before a doubleheader on Sunday against conference opponents Portland State and Southern Utah.