Big Sky All-Conference selections
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- A pair of Sacramento State men's tennis players, junior Roy Brandys and sophomore Niranjan Ram, were both named first team all-Big Sky Conference today.
The pair spent the majority of the season as the Hornets' Nos. 1 and 2 players in the singles lineup, and helped Sacramento State to a 6-4 conference record and an appearance in the semifinal round of the Big Sky Tournament.
It marks the ninth straight season at least two members of the Hornet men's tennis squad have been named first team all-Big Sky.
Brandys, in his third season with the Hornets, played the majority of the season at No. 1 where he finished 12-12 in singles play, including a 9-1 record in conference matches. The Random, Poland, native went 9-7 at the No. 1 position in the lineup and 3-5 at No. 2. He won eight of his final 13 singles matches of the season, and six of those eight wins came in straight sets. After losing his first Big Sky singles match of the season, he won nine straight against league opposition.
In doubles play, Brandys was 10-8, including a 7-2 record with teammate Ayman Abdulwahab. Due to a rash of injuries to the Hornets' roster throughout the season, Brandys was forced to play with four different partners, going 2-1 at No. 1, 4-6 at No. 2, and 4-1 at No. 3. He was an honorable mention all-conference selection last season.
Ram, who is in his third season with the Hornets (redshirt in 2012), posted a team-best 14-10 record in singles play, including a 9-1 mark in conference matches. He went 9-4 at No. 2 and 5-6 at No. 3 while winning 11 of his final 13 singles matches of the season. The Tamil Nadu, India, native also won his match in straight sets against Montana State's Markus Schelueter to help the Hornets to a 4-3 victory over the Bobcats in the Big Sky Tournament quarterfinals. In addition, he had a pair of singles winning streaks that stretched at least five matches.
In doubles play, Ram went 10-9, including a team-best 7-2 mark in conference play. He played with five different partners during the year, going 8-4 at No. 1, 1-5 at No. 2, and 1-0 at No. 3.
Sacramento State (10-16 overall) concluded its season last weekend with a Big Sky Tournament semifinal loss to Weber State. The team dealt with a ridiculous amount of injuries during the season, including the loss of Marek Marksoo and Tom Miller for an extended period of time, and Sean Kolar for the entire season. All three of those players would have been in the Hornets' singles lineup.