FRESNO, Calif. -- Sacramento State had to default a singles match because of injury and another player had to retire in the third set due to injury in the Hornets' 5-0 non-conference loss at Fresno State on Sunday afternoon at the Wathen Tennis Center.
Today marked the third straight match the Hornets (9-14) played with just five singles players due to injury. Heading into today's match, four players are currently out because of injury, comprised of Marek Marksoo, Sean Kolar, Tom Miller and Ayman Abdulwahab. And to top it off, Sacramento State lost Oliver Andersen in his third set today after rolling an ankle. Of the team's nine players on the active roster, only four are now healthy.
Fortunately, the team has just one match to play over the next 12 days and that comes in the regular season finale on Wednesday at Nevada. The time off will hopefully allow the short-handed Hornets time to heal for the Big Sky Tournament, which takes place April 25-27 at the Gold River Racquet Club. Sacramento State is the five-time defending conference tournament champions.
The Hornets' defaulted their No. 3 doubles match, meaning Fresno State had to win just one match to pick up the doubles point. The Bulldogs won at No. 2, while the match at No. 1 was stopped at 6-6.
In singles play, Sacramento State's Roy Brandys (No. 1), Andersen (No. 4) and Alejandro Villarreal (No. 5) each lost. Combined those losses with the default at No. 6, and that provided the final 5-0 tally for Fresno State. Matches at Nos. 2 and 3 went unfinished because Fresno State already had the necessary points to win the match.
At No. 2, Niranjan Ram was leading, 6-4, 5-5, before his match was stopped. At No. 3, Joaquin Marquez was trailing, 6-3, 2-5, before his match was stopped. The loss for Brandys snapped his five-match singles winning streak.