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SACRAMENTO — The Hornets received singles victories from Kasparas Zemaitelis, Hermont Legaspi and Louis Chabut on the way to a 4-2 win over Saint Mary's at the Sacramento State Tennis Courts on Saturday afternoon. The match was the second for both teams at the Golden State Invitational, an eight-team tournament co-hosted with UC Davis.
The three-day, 12-match event, which is being played at the tennis courts of Sacramento State and UC Davis, consist of an eight-team field that includes UT Arlington, Saint Mary's, Hawai'i, Grand Canyon, Nevada and Seattle. All eight teams are playing matches on three consecutive days as part of the event. For tournament results and schedule, please click here.
Sacramento State (3-8) improve to 1-1 at the tournament, as the Hornets opened things yesterday with a 5-2 loss to Hawai'i. The Hornets will now take on Nevada in the fifth-place match tomorrow at 1 pm on the courts at UC Davis. Today's win also avenged a 4-3 loss to Saint Mary's earlier this season in Moraga.
For the third straight match, Sacramento State won the doubles point. Today, the Hornets got wins from Mikus Losbergs and Kasparas Zemaitelis at No. 1 by a 7-5 score, and the No. 3 team of Louis Chabut and Hermont Legaspi won at No. 3 by a 6-2 score. The tandem of Losbergs and Zemaitelis are now 7-3 this season in doubles play, with each of those victories coming at the No. 1 spot.
Saint Mary's (2-9) opened singles play by winning at both the Nos. 1 and 2 to take a brief 2-1 lead. However, the Hornets tied things at 2-2 after Zemaitelis won at No. 3 by a 4-6, 6-3, 6-1 score. Sacramento State then got victories from Chabut at No. 6 (0-6, 6-3, 6-1) and Legaspi at No. 4 (6-2, 6-1) to clinch the team win. The No. 5 singles match featuring Donald Hall (1-6, 7-5, 1-1) was stopped early because the Hornets already had the necessary four points for victory.
"We lost to Saint Mary's earlier this year, so it was nice to get a little revenge and beat them today," Sacramento State head coach Kevin Kurtz said. "Our guys competed hard, and it was nice to bounce back after yesterday's loss to Hawai'i. Our doubles play continues to improve every match, and I was happy with the singles play today as well."
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