Big Sky Conference Standings
GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- Sacramento State received straight-set wins from Roy Brandys, Niranjan Ram, Joaquin Marquez, Oliver Andersen and Alejandro Villarreal to defeat North Dakota, 6-1, in a Big Sky Conference men's tennis match Friday afternoon at the Choice Health and Fitness Center.
The Hornets (8-12, 5-3) won for the sixth time in their last nine matches, and moved into a tie for fourth place in the Big Sky standings with just two conference matches remaining. Sacramento State will play those final league matches tomorrow at Northern Colorado and Sunday at Northern Arizona.
The top six teams in the 11-member league qualify for the Big Sky Tournament, and the Hornets will likely need just one more win to clinch a spot depending on other results from around the league over the next two weeks. This year's Big Sky Tournament will take place April 25-27 at the Gold River Racquet Club, and the Hornets have won each of the last five conference tournament titles.
Sacramento State began things by winning all three doubles matches to pick up the point as the tandems of Brandys/Ram (9-8 at No. 1), Andersen/Villarreal (8-6 at No. 2) and Ayman Abdulwahab/Marquez (8-3 at No. 3) were each victorious.
In singles play, Brandys won his match at No. 1 (6-4, 6-4), Ram at No. 2 (6-0, 7-5), Marquez at No. 3 (6-0, 6-1), Andersen at No. 4 (6-3, 6-3) and Villarreal at No. 6 (6-4, 6-4). Abdulwahab lost his match at No. 5 by a 7-6, 6-0 score.
Both Ram and Brandys have now won three straight singles matches and they both improved to 7-1 against conference competition this season.
Including its matches against Northern Colorado and Northern Arizona this weekend, the Hornets have just four contests remaining on the regular season schedule.
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April 16, 2014 INJURIES FORCE MEN’S TENNIS TO FORFEIT MATCH AT NEVADA
April 13, 2014 MEN’S TENNIS FALLS AT FRESNO STATE
March 20, 2014 MEN’S TENNIS KNOCKS OFF UMBC, 4-2
March 15, 2014 MEN’S TENNIS FALLS AT HOME TO NEW MEXICO STATE, 5-2
March 8, 2014 MEN’S TENNIS DOWNED BY SAN FRANCISCO, 6-1
March 6, 2014 SEVEN MEN’S AND WOMEN’S TENNIS MATCHES MOVED ON CAMPUS
March 2, 2014 MEN’S TENNIS SUFFERS 4-3 LOSS AT MONTANA STATE
March 1, 2014 MEN’S TENNIS DROPS BIG SKY OPENER AT MONTANA, 5-2
February 23, 2014 MEN’S TENNIS LOSES AT PACIFIC
February 22, 2014 MEN’S TENNIS FALLS AT SAINT MARY’S, 6-1
February 16, 2014 SHORT-HANDED MEN’S TENNIS FALLS TO UC DAVIS, 6-1
February 7, 2014 MEN’S TENNIS BLANKS UC RIVERSIDE, 7-0
February 1, 2014 MEN’S TENNIS FALLS TO LOYOLA MARYMOUNT, 5-2
January 18, 2014 SHORT-HANDED MEN’S TENNIS EARNS FIRST WIN OF THE SEASON
January 17, 2014 MEN’S TENNIS FALLS AT HAWAI’I, 4-3
January 16, 2014 MEN’S TENNIS OPENS SEASON WITH LOSS TO HAWAI’I PACIFIC
October 22, 2013 MEN'S TENNIS WRAPS UP FALL PLAY AT THE ITA NORTHWEST REGIONALS
October 7, 2013 MEN’S TENNIS BEGINS FALL SEASON AT THE AGGIE INVITATIONAL
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