Tennis

Pack drops season opener

25 Th11 2021 | 10:26

Box Score Sacramento State 4, Nevada 3
Thursday, Feb. 18, 2021
Sacramento, Calif. – Campus Tennis Courts

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Nevada men’s tennis came within a point of a season-opening victory Thursday at Sacramento State, but the Pack dropped the final three singles matches to fall, 4-3, to the Hornets.

Sacramento State’s (1-2) Liam Liles and Rudolfs Aksenoks, playing at No. 3 and No. 5 singles, respectively, each overcame a one-set deficit to capture three-set wins over Nevada’s Juan Batalla and Loris Zisswiller and clinch the winning points.

Nevada had built a 3-1 lead thanks in part to a dominant effort in doubles, as Batalla and Isaac Nortey captured a 6-3 victory over Liles and Mark Keki at the No. 1 spot, and the team of Benjamin Campi and Matheo Coupi defeated Aksenoks and Jan Silva, 6-4.

With the 1-0 lead, the Pack built it to 3-1 and put the Hornets on the brink with singles wins from Satchel Benn (6-1, 6-0) and Delmas N’Tcha (3-6, 6-3, 6-2) at Nos. 4 and 2 spots, respectively. But the match-clinching point eluded the Pack, and Nevada fell to 0-1 to begin the season.

Nevada vs. Sacramento State Match Results

Doubles
1. Juan Batalla/Isaac Nortey (NEV) def. Mark Keki/Liam Liles (SAC) 6-3
2. Hermont Legaspi/Michael Vizcarra (SAC) vs. Loris Zisswiller/Satchel Benn (NEV) 3-5, unfinished
3. Benjamin Campi/Matheo Coupu (NEV) def. Jan Silva/Rudolfs Aksenoks (SAC) 6-4

Order of finish: 1, 3

Singles
1. Hermont Legaspi (SAC) def. Isaac Nortey (NEV) 6-4, 6-2
2. Delmas N’Tcha (NEV) def. Mark Keki (SAC) 3-6, 6-3, 6-2
3. Liam Liles (SAC) def. Juan Batalla (NEV) 1-6, 7-6 (7-5), 6-4
4. Satchel Benn (NEV) def. Michael Vizcarra (SAC) 6-1, 6-0
5. Rudolfs Aksenoks (SAC) def. Loris Zisswiller (NEV) 4-6, 7-5, 6-3
6. Jan Silva (SAC) def. Gvidas Motuzas (NEV) 6-4, 6-1

Order of finish: 4, 6, 2, 1, 3, 5