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
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April 5, 2017 MEN’S TENNIS WINS THIRD STRAIGHT, BLANKS HAWAI’I, 7-0
April 4, 2017 ZEMAITELIS NAMED BIG SKY MEN’S TENNIS PLAYER OF THE WEEK
March 30, 2017 MEN'S TENNIS BEATS DREXEL, 5-2
March 19, 2017 MEN'S TENNIS FALLS, 5-2, IN CLOSE CONTEST WITH YALE
March 18, 2017 MEN'S TENNIS FALLS AT NEVADA
March 12, 2017 MEN'S TENNIS FALLS AT UC DAVIS
March 5, 2017 MEN'S TENNIS PREVAILS OVER IDAHO STATE 6-1
February 25, 2017 MEN’S TENNIS DROPS TIGHT MATCH AT UC DAVIS
February 18, 2017 MEN'S TENNIS FALLS 6-1 TO UT ARLINGTON
February 17, 2017 MEN'S TENNIS KEEPS IT CLOSE, BUT FALLS TO 21ST-RANKED SMU, 5-2
February 12, 2017 MEN'S TENNIS LOSES 5-2 IN CLOSE BATTLE WITH IDAHO
February 11, 2017 MEN’S TENNIS ERASES DEFICIT TO PICK UP 4-3 ROAD WIN AT GONZAGA
February 10, 2017 MEN'S TENNIS FALLS TO EASTERN WASHINGTON IN FIRST CONFERENCE LOSS
February 3, 2017 MEN'S TENNIS STAYS PERFECT IN THE BIG SKY AFTER DOUBLEHEADER SWEEP
February 1, 2017 LOSBERGS NAMED BIG SKY PLAYER OF THE WEEK
January 28, 2017 MEN'S TENNIS SPLITS DOUBLEHEADER IN PORTLAND
January 25, 2017 CLAYTON NAMED BIG SKY MEN’S TENNIS PLAYER OF THE WEEK
January 21, 2017 MEN’S TENNIS OPENS SEASON WITH 4-3 ROAD WIN AT FRESNO STATE
January 12, 2017 MEN’S TENNIS SELECTED THIRD IN THE BIG SKY PRESEASON POLL
October 28, 2016 MEN’S TENNIS RACKS UP FOUR TITLES AT THE SMC INVITATIONAL
October 2, 2016 MEN’S TENNIS OPENS FALL SEASON AT THE AGGIE INVITATIONAL