RENO, Nev. — Sacramento State received straight set singles wins from Mikus Losbergs and Hermont Legaspi, but it was not enough in a 5-2 loss at Nevada on Thursday afternoon at McArthur Tennis Center.
Today marked the final non-conference match of the regular season as the Hornets dropped to 5-9 with the loss. Sacramento State will now turn its attention to Big Sky Conference play as the Hornets' final six regular season matches will come against league foes, beginning on Saturday at home vs. Northern Arizona at 1 p.m. The Hornets, who are 3-1 in conference, will compete in the Big Sky Tournament April 25-27.
The Hornets were playing today's match without the services of freshman Johannes Gjerdaker (sick) who has played at Nos. 3, 4 and 5 in the team's singles lineup. Sacramento State lost a tightly contested doubles point as the combination of Losbergs/Louis Chabut lost at No. 1 by a 6-4 score, and Josh Snowdon-Poole/Donald Hall fell at No. 2 by a 6-4 score. Sacramento State was leading at No. 3 doubles, 4-3, but that match was stopped after the Wolf Pack had already secured the doubles point.
Sacramento State got singles wins at No. 1 from Losbergs (7-5, 6-4) and Legaspi at No. 3 (6-2, 6-2). The win for Losbergs came against Julien Evrard, who advanced to the ITA Mountain Regional championship match in October. The victory for Legaspi was his third straight, and the junior improved to 7-6 in singles play.
Nevada, however, picked up wins at the Nos. 2, 4, 5 and 6 spots in the lineup. Dom Miller fell at No. 2 ()6-2, 6-2), Chabut at No. 4 (4-6, 6-4, 11-9), Hall at No. 5 (6-2, 6-0) and Snowdon-Poole at No. 6 (6-3, 6-1). The Wolf Pack improved to 7-5 with the win, and 2-0 at home.
Of Sacramento State's final six conference matches, which spans March 30-April 20, four of those will come at home. That includes a stretch of three straight home matches to conclude the regular season.