MEN’S TENNIS BEATS IDAHO STATE, CLINCHES BIG SKY TOURNAMENT BERTH

MEN’S TENNIS BEATS IDAHO STATE, CLINCHES BIG SKY TOURNAMENT BERTH

Big Sky Conference standings

SACRAMENTO — After dropping the doubles point, the Hornets recovered to win all six singles matches on the way to a 6-1 victory over Idaho State on Sunday afternoon at the Sacramento State Tennis Courts.

Not only was it the second home victory in as many days for the Hornets, the win secured a berth in the Big Sky Conference Tournament, set to take place April 25-27 in Phoenix, Ariz. Sacramento State (8-11, 6-3) took over sole possession of third place in the conference standings, and sits just a half game back of second-place Southern Utah (6-2). The top two seeds receive a first round bye at the tournament. Northern Arizona will assume the No. 1 seed by virtue of its perfect 10-0 conference record.

Sacramento State is 2-0 on its three-game homestand to conclude the regular season, which included yesterday's 6-1 win over Weber State. The Hornets' final regular season match will come against Northern Colorado on Saturday.

Making the postseason berth even more satisfying is Sacramento State finished seventh a year ago and did not qualify for the league's postseason event. The top six teams in the 11-team Big Sky qualify for the conference tournament.

With the loss, Idaho State dropped to 8-10 overall and 5-4 in conference play.

After the Bengals won at Nos. 1 and 2 to secure the doubles point, Sacramento State proceeded to win all six singles matches, four of those coming in straight sets. Winning in straight sets were Hermont Legaspi at No. 2 (6-2, 6-4), Dom Miller at No. 3 (7-6, 6-2), Johannes Gjerdaker at No. 4 (6-4, 6-3) and Donald Hall at No. 6 (6-4, 7-5). Hall trailed, 4-0, in the first set before recovering to pull out the 6-4 win.

Also winning were Mikus Losbergs at No. 1 by a 3-6, 7-6 (5), 7-6 (4) score. Louis Chabut was at No. 5, 5-7, 6-2, and 10-7 in the super tiebreaker. The win for Legapsi was his third straight and he is now 6-2 when playing in the No. 2 spot of the singles lineup.

"Idaho State played great doubles, and we lacked energy," Sacramento State head coach Kevin Kurtz said. "However, the guys bounced back in singles play and I was happy how hard they competed for every point. It feels good to be back in the Big Sky Tournament, and we are playing well during a very important part of the season."

The Hornets' final regular season match, and last at home, will come next Saturday vs. Northern Colorado at noon. It will also be final home matches for seniors Hall, Losbergs, Miller and Bernardo Moraes.