Big Sky Conference standings
POCATELLO, Idaho — Sacramento State's Mikus Losbergs, Dom Miller, Hermont Legaspi and Louis Chabut picked up straight set singles victories to help propel the Hornets to a 5-2 road win against Idaho State on Friday afternoon at the Reed Gym Tennis Courts.
The win was the third straight for the Hornets, who improved to 6-11 overall and 5-3 in the Big Sky Conference. With just four regular season matches remaining (three league), the Hornets now find themselves in fifth place in the 12-team Big Sky. The top six teams qualify for the Big Sky postseason tournament. The Hornets sit just one game out of second place as 1.5 games separate the second and seventh place teams.
Idaho State dropped to 6-10 overall and 3-6 with the loss.
The Hornets captured the doubles point after winning three close matches. The tandem of Losbergs/Kasparas Zemaitelis won their fourth straight match at No. 1 with a 7-6 (8-6) victory. In addition, Chabut/Legaspi won their fourth straight match, posting a 7-6 (7-1) victory at No. 3. The No. 2 Hornet team of Miller and Bernardo Moraes won, 6-4.
In singles play, after Idaho State tied the match at 1-1 with a win at No. 2, Sacramento State would win three straight singles match to clinch victory. Legaspi posted a 6-4, 6-3 win at No. 4, Losbergs won at No. 1 by a 6-4, 7-5 score, and Miller came back for a 7-5, 6-4 win at No. 3. Losbergs was trailing, 4-1, in the second set of his match, and Miller also overcame a second set deficit. Both Legaspi and Losbergs won their third straight singles matches.
Chabut won at No. 5 by a 7-5, 7-5 score to provide Sacramento State's final point. In the process, Chabut improved his singles winning streak to four matches.
"Mikus and Kasparas got things going with an amazing win over an Idaho State doubles team that had been nationally ranked," Sacramento State head coach Kevin Kurtz said. "Mikus carried that energy and momentum into singles play, and overcame a big second set deficit to win. Dom (Miller) probably played his best match of the season, was very disciplined on the court and stuck to his game plan. Wins are starting to become routine for Hermont (Legaspi) and Louis (Chabut) gutted out a win against an Idaho State senior that was playing in his last match at home. I'm proud of the team in how they competed today, and we look forward to our matchup at Weber State tomorrow."
Sacramento State, which will play each of its final three Big Sky matches on the road, takes on Weber State tomorrow at noon PDT.