Big Sky Conference standings
MISSOULA, Mont. - The Sacramento State men's tennis team traveled to Montana today to face Big Sky Conference foe Montana at PEAK racquet club, and fell to the Grizzlies, 5-2.
With their first loss in four matches, the Hornets dropped to 10-11 overall and 6-3 in conference play, while the Grizzlies improved to 9-7 and 4-3 in league.
With just two conference matches remaining on the regular season schedule, Sacramento State remains in fifth place in the league standings, just a game back of first place Northern Arizona (6-1).
Doubles play began strongly for the Hornets, as No. 1 team of Mikus Losbergs and Kasparas Zemaitelis defeated their opponents, 6-2. However, neither of the other two lines could come out on top to give the Hornets the doubles point. The No. 2 duo of Christopher Clayton and Louis Chabut fell, 6-0, and the No. 3 team of Hermont Legaspi and Dom Miller fell by a 6-2 score.
In singles play, Losbergs (No. 1) won the first set easily 6-1, but his opponent came back strong in the second winning it 7-6. However, the third set was all Losbergs as he closed it out convincingly 6-2. The team's second win came at No. 5, where Clayton was victorious in two close sets, 6-4, 7-6.
The Grizzlies however, stayed composed and won the remainder of the singles matches to give them the overall win. Miller (No. 2) struggled to gain a foothold as he lost 6-0, 6-4. Zemaitelis (No. 3) kept it close but eventually fell 6-4, 7-5. Chabut (No. 4) put up a fight in the second set taking it to a tiebreaker, but fell short losing 6-1, 7-6. Legaspi (No. 6) also fought hard in two tight sets, but was unable to get the win, falling by a 6-4, 7-6 score.
Sacramento State concludes its two-day trip in Montana when the team plays at Montana State tomorrow morning at 9 a.m. PDT.