The first of a two-match weekend saw the men's tennis team against SMU, which is currently ranked 21st in the nation, at the SMU Tennis Center in Dallas, Texas. In a match filled with close individual scores, the Hornets fell 5-2.
The Hornets dropped to 5-4 overall, while SMU improves to 5-2 overall. The match was the first of the season for Sacramento State against a ranked opponent.
The Hornets kept it competitive in doubles play with No. 2 team of Dom Miller and Donald Hall falling 6-4. The No. 3 duo of Louis Chabut and Christopher Clayton also lost 6-2. Mikus Losbergs and Kasparas Zemaitelis at No. 1 doubles kept it close at 6-5 againt the 39th ranked doubles team in the nation, but did not get to finish their match due to SMU already securing the doubles point.
With SMU leading 1-0, the Hornets would have to rely on their singles play to get them through this match. The Hornets managed to take two matches to three sets. That included Losbergs at No. 1, who took the second set from his opponent, 49th-ranked Ronald Slobodchikov, but fell in the third set super tiebreaker 10-1. At No. 2, Miller faced Hunter Johnson who is ranked 44th in the nation, and kept it competitive but ultimately lost 6-2, 6-4. Zemaitelis at No. 3 came back to win the second set and the match after losing the first set 6-3, with a final score of 3-6, 7-5, (10-6).
The Hornets were down 3-1 at this point, and were relying on the bottom half of their singles lineup to provide the necessary wins. Unfortunately, both Chabut (No. 4) and Hall (No. 6) lost their matches which secured the win for SMU. The Hornets' other lone win came at No. 5 with Clayton defeating Yates Johnson in straight sets, 6-4, 7-6 (7-3).
The Hornets' next match is tomorrow on the road at non-conference foe UT Arlington at 12 p.m. PST.