MEN’S TENNIS SELECTED THIRD IN THE BIG SKY PRESEASON POLL

MEN’S TENNIS SELECTED THIRD IN THE BIG SKY PRESEASON POLL

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- The Sacramento State men's tennis team was picked to finish third out of 12 teams in the Big Sky Conference Preseason Coaches Poll, it was announced today by the league.

The Hornets, who finished in a tie for third last season in the conference standings, return five players from a year ago and will field an eight-man roster that includes zero seniors, two juniors, three sophomores and three freshmen.

Sacramento State finished the 2016 season with an 11-15 overall record and an 8-3 mark in the Big Sky. That 8-3 record was good enough for a tie for third place in the league standing and a Big Sky Tournament semifinal appearances. After winning their Big Sky quarterfinal match against Montana (4-2), the Hornets lost in the semifinals to eventual tournament champion Weber State (4-1).

All five returners were in last year's singles lineup, including Mikus Losbergs (No. 1), Kasparas Zemaitelis (No. 2), Dom Miller (No. 4), Christopher Clayton (No. 5) and Donald Hall (No. 6). Clayton and Zemaitelis will be juniors this season while Losbergs, Miller and Hall are sophomores. Losbergs was a second team all-conference selection.

Idaho, which finished second last season, was selected first in the poll with five first-place votes and 110 total points. Reigning Big Sky regular season and tournament champion Weber State was second with six first-place votes and 105 total points. Sacramento State was third with 99 points, followed by Northern Arizona (98, one first-place vote), Montana (93), Montana State (61), Eastern Washington (54), Idaho State (53), Portland State (50), Northern Colorado (37), North Dakota (18) and Southern Utah (14).

Weber State represented the Big Sky at last year's NCAA Tournament after beating Idaho, 4-3, in the conference's tournament title match.

The Hornets open the season next Saturday, Jan. 21, when the team travels to Fresno where they will take on both Fresno State (10 a.m.) and UC Davis (4 p.m.).

BIG SKY PRESEASON POLL
1. Idaho (5) - 110
2. Weber State (6) - 105
3. Sacramento State - 99
4. Northern Arizona (1) - 98
5. Montana - 93
6. Montana State - 61
7. Eastern Washington - 54
8. Idaho State - 53
9. Portland State - 50
10. Northern Colorado - 37
11. North Dakota - 18
12. Southern Utah - 14