SACRAMENTO, CA- The men's tennis team faced a tough opponent for today's second round Golden State Invitational match in Grand Canyon University. The Hornets fell, 4-0, to the Lopes, who also beat Nevada yesterday by the same score.
This is the first loss at home for the Hornets as the team is now 7-7 overall, while Grand Canyon improves to 9-7 overall.
Grand Canyon will now advance to the championship match of the Golden State Invitational which takes place tomorrow at 1 p.m. against Portland in Davis. Meanwhile, the Hornets will face UC Davis tomorrow morning in Davis at 9 a.m. in the third place match.
The Golden State Invitational is co-hosted by Sacramento State and UC Davis, and features eight teams playing three matches each over three days. For complete tournament information and results, please click here.
Doubles play was competitive, with No. 1 duo of Mikus Losbergs and Kasparas Zemaitelis fighting hard, but losing 6-4. The No. 2 team of Christopher Clayton and Hermont Legaspi had a tougher time and fell 6-2. The No. 3 doubles pairing of Dom Miller and Donald Hall were ahead, 6-5, but the match did not get finished due to GCU already securing the doubles point.
Grand Canyon came out with very strong singles play, but the Hornets kept it competitive. Losbergs (No. 1) kept things close in the first set but eventually lost, 7-5. In the second set, however, his opponent Francois Musitelli remained strong and won, 6-0, to give the Lopes a 2-0 lead. Zemaitelis, at No. 3, had a similar first set to Losbergs, losing it 7-5, but fell short in the second set, 6-3.
Louis Chabut at No. 4 fell, 6-1, 6-1, and allowed Grand Canyon to pull out the 4-0 victory. Miller (No. 2), Clayton (No. 5), and Hall (No. 6) were each ahead in their matches by a set, but were unable to finish because Grand Canyon had already secured the victory.