Big Sky Conference standings
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Sacramento State's Dom Miller, Kasparas Zemaitelis, Louis Chabut, Christopher Clayton and Hermont Legaspi all won their singles matches as the Hornets defeated Northern Arizona, 6-1, at the Rio Del Oro Racquet Club.
The Hornets handed Northern Arizona their first loss in Big Sky Conference play this as the team improved to 9-10 overall and 6-2 in the Big Sky. The Lumberjacks dropped to 11-7 and 6-1 in conference.
With just three conference matches remaining, the Hornets are now all alone in fourth place in the Big Sky standings, but just a half game back of first place. Northern Arizona (6-1), Eastern Washington (5-1) and Montana State (4-1) all have one conference loss.
The Hornets came out strong in doubles to start the match with Mikus Losbergs and Zemaitelis (No. 1) easily defeating their opponents 6-2. The No. 2 team of Donald Hall and Legaspi couldn't pull out the second win as they fell 6-2. With all the pressure for the doubles point on the No. 3 duo of Clayton and Miller, the pair pulled out the victory, 6-4, and gave the Hornet a 1-0 lead heading to singles play.
Singles play started out strong with Chabut (No. 4) dispatching his opponent 6-3, 6-3. Legaspi (No. 6) followed suit soon after, winning 6-4, 6-3. The Hornets led, 3-0, with only one more point to take the overall match victory. That win came at No. 5 where Clayton bounced back after losing the first set 6-4, by winning the next two 6-1 and 6-3.
Zemaitelis (No. 3) also came back from a set down, winning 2-6, 6-1, 6-4. Miller (No. 2) fought back from a set down as well, pulling out the victory 3-6, 6-1, 7-5. The Hornets' sole singles loss came at No. 1 where Losbergs fell 6-4, 7-6 (5).
"Our guys played well in doubles, and then our two freshmen (Chabut and Legaspi) were the first off the courts with victories in singles play," Sacramento State assistant coach Kevin Kurtz said. "We also had three different players come back to win their singles matches after dropping the first set. Not only was today a big win, it was also a true team win."
With just four matches remaining in the regulat season, the Hornets will take on their final non-conference opponent on Wednesday at home against Hawai'i at 1 p.m. Sacramento State will then jump back into conference play for road matchups at Montana (April 7) and Montana State (April 8) followed by the regular season finale at home vs. Weber State on April 15.