DAVIS, Calif. - The Hornets' men's tennis team went up against a familiar opponent in UC Davis in the third-place match of the Golden State Invitational. The Hornets had previously faced the Aggies earlier this season in February (5-2 UCD win), and Davis was just as strong today as they were a month ago, sweeping the Hornets, 7-0.
The loss dropped the Hornets to 7-8 overall, while UC Davis improved to 9-5.
The Golden State Invitational, which is co-hosted by Sacramento State and UC Davis, featured eight teams playing three matches each over three days. The Hornets finished fourth place out of the eight teams that entered. For results, please click here.
Even though the Aggies took all three doubles matches, each match was close. The No. 1 doubles team of Mikus Losbergs and Kasparas Zemaitelis competed until the end, forcing a tiebreak but coming up just short of victory. Christopher Clayton and Hermont Legaspi (No. 2) lost, 6-4. Dom Miller and Donald Hall (No. 3) had a similarly tough time with their opponent, losing 6-3.
Singles was just as tough as doubles for the Hornets. Five out of the six matches were won in straight sets by the Aggies. Miller (No. 2) and Zemaitelis (No. 3) both had relatively competitive matches, both falling 6-3, 6-2. Losbergs (No. 1) gave his opponent trouble, winning the second set 6-2 after losing the first 6-4. Unfortunately, Losbergs fell just short in the third set tiebreaker 11-9.
Other scores included Louis Chabut at No. 4 falling 6-1, 6-2, Clayton at No. 5 going down 6-3, 6-1, and Hall at No. 6 losing 6-3, 6-0.
The Hornets' next match is against Nevada in Reno on March 18.