GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- Sacramento State got singles victories from Dom Miller, Kasparas Zemaitelis and Louis Chabut, but it was not enough as North Dakota squeaked past the Hornets, 4-3, in the Big Sky Conference men's tennis opener for both teams.
The match was also the first of the season for the Fighting Hawks as they start the year 1-0. Sacramento State dropped to 0-4 overall and 0-1 in league. Prior to today, the Hornets had a 5-0 all-time record against North Dakota.
The Fighting Hawks got off to a 1-0 start after taking the doubles point. The Hornet tandem of Hermont Legaspi and Bernardo Moraes won their match at No. 2 by a 6-4 score, but UND scored victories at Nos. 1 and 3 doubles to snatch what proved to be a very important doubles point.
North Dakota took a 2-0 lead after getting a win at No. 3 as Legaspi fell to Annei Laska, 6-1, 6-2. The Hornets quickly tied things at 2-2 after getting wins at No. 2 from Miller (6-3, 6-4) and No. 4 Zemaitelis (6-3, 7-5).
Hornet junior Mikus Losbergs fell at No. 1 by a 6-2, 7-5 score, allowing the Fighting Hawks to take a 3-2 lead. Sacramento State tied things at 3-3 after Chabut captured a win at No. 6 by a 2-6, 6-3, 6-0 score. However, it was North Dakota's Alex Mailes providing the match-clinching win with his victory at No. 5 over Donald Hall (6-4, 6-1).
Sacramento State will wrap up its three-game road trip next Friday at Northern Colorado. By the time that match concludes, the Hornets will have played four of their first five matches of the season on the road.
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