SACRAMENTO — Sacramento State put forth a complete effort, sweeping all six singles matches and each of the three doubles matches to post a 7-0 victory over Montana State on Sunday afternoon at the Sacramento State Tennis Courts.
The win was a nice bounce back for the Hornets after suffering a tough loss on Friday that saw the team squander a 3-1 lead in what turned out to be a 4-3 loss to Montana. Today's victory allowed Sacramento State to improve to 4-11 overall and 3-3 in the Big Sky Conference. Montana State (4-8, 3-1), which had won three of its last five matches, suffered its first conference loss of the season.
The Hornets had little trouble in doubles play as the three doubles teams combined to drop just four games in three matches. Mikus Losbergs and Kasparas Zemaitelis won at No. 1 (6-0), Dom Miller and Bernardo Moraes had little trouble at No. 2 (6-2), and the tandem of Hermont Legaspi/Louis Chabut won handily at No. 3 by a 6-2 score.
In singles play, Sacramento State posted straight sets wins in five of the six matches, including Miller earning a quick 6-2, 6-1 win at No. 3. Miller had played at No. 2 all season until shifting to the third spot in the team's lineup today while Zemaitelis moved up a spot to No. 2.
Losbergs won at No. 1 by a 6-2, 6-4 score, Zemaitelis won in straight sets at No. 2 (7-6, 6-3), Legaspi won at No. 4 (6-0, 7-5), Chabut at No. 5 (6-4, 3-6, 10-7) and Donald Hall at No. 6 (6-4, 6-3). Hall had missed the last three matches with injury until coming back today and getting the victory.
"Today was a good bounce back after a tough loss on Friday," Sacramento State head coach Kevin Kurtz said. "We challenged the guys in yesterday's practice and they responded well today. Their hard work paid off, and I saw 100 percent effort from every player. If we play like this the rest of the season, we will be in good shape."
Today was the second of a stretch that will see Sacramento State play three straight conference opponents at home. The Hornets will play again on Saturday against Portland State at 1 p.m. on campus.
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