SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- The Hornets received singles wins from Joaquin Marquez (No. 4), Oliver Andersen (No. 5) and Ayman Abdulwahab (No. 6) as Sacramento State defeated UMBC, 4-2, on Thursday afternoon at the Sacramento State Tennis Courts.
Playing on campus for the second match in a row, the Hornets improved their record to 6-11 while UMBC fell to 9-6. The Hornets are now 4-3 on their season-long nine-match homestand with a pair of Big Sky Conference contests to play next week on Tuesday against Eastern Washington and Thursday vs. Weber State.
In addition, the Hornets improved to 5-5 when playing their matches in Sacramento.
Sacramento State got wins in doubles from Tom Miller and Niranjan Ram at No. 1 (8-6) and the duo of Abdulwahab and Roy Brandys at No. 3 (8-5). That proved to be a very important doubles point for the Hornets as the two teams were competitive during the singles portion of the match.
Marquez beat Eliott Loubatie at No. 4 by a 6-2, 7-5 score, Andersen won at No. 5 over Daniel Gray (7-6, 6-2), and Abdulwahab was victorious at No. 6 over Biyik Akinshemoyin by a 6-3, 7-5 score.
Brandys and Ram lost their singles matches at Nos. 1 and 2, respectively, by 6-3, 6-3 scores, and Miller's match at No. 3 was stopped because the Hornets already had the necessary four points for victory.
Ram's loss at No. 2 snapped a five-match singles winning streak while Abdulwahab won his third straight.
The Hornets will now jump back into Big Sky play next week. The team is currently in a tie for fifth place in the league standings with five conference matches remaining on the schedule.