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SACRAMENTO — Sacramento State junior Mikus Losbergs posted singles and doubles wins, but it was not enough in the Hornets' 5-2 loss to Hawai'i on the opening day of the Golden State Invitational Friday afternoon on campus.
The three-day, 12-match, eight-team tournament, co-hosted by Sacramento State and UC Davis, will see all eight teams play matches on Saturday and Sunday as well. The Hornets' second round matchup will be against Saint Mary's tomorrow at 1 p.m. at the Sacramento State Tennis Courts. For today's results, as well as Saturday matchups and times, please check out the tournament home page by clicking here.
Hawai'i, which picked up its first victory of the season, will play UT Arlington tomorrow at 4 p.m. at Sacramento State.
The Hornets (2-8) got things started well, securing the doubles point after the No. 1 tandem of Losbergs/Kasparas Zemaitelis (6-2) and No. 3 Louis Chabut/Hermont Legaspi (6-1) earned victories.
However, the Rainbow Warriors (1-8) won each of the first five completed singles matches to clinch the win and secure a 5-1 lead. Three of those matches were nail biters as the Hornets' Dom Miller lost at No. 2 by a close score (6-4, 7-5), Zemaitelis lost close at No. 3 (7-6, 6-3) and Chaubt could have easily won at No. 6 but fell, 7-5, 7-6 (4).
With the Hornets trailing, 5-1, Losbergs picked up the win at No. 1 by over Seric Blaz by a 6-3, 4-6, 7-6 (5) score.
After tomorrow afternoon's match, the Hornets will play again on Sunday at a site (Sacramento State or UC Davis) and time to be determined.
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