Sacramento, Calif. – In a tightly-contested match, the host Sacramento State Hornets edged UMBC, 4-2, in the final match of the Retrievers' western spring break trip.
Sacramento State has earned five consecutive Big Sky titles and subsequent NCAA Championship appearances.
The doubles matches were tough battles, but UMBC fell, 8-5 and 8-6 in the Nos. 3 and 1 matches respectively, giving the hosts an early edge.
Sophomores Justin Carter (Randallstown, Md.) and Melker Svard (Gothenburg, Sweden) were outstanding at the Nos. 1 and 2 singles positions as both earned victories over the Hornets' top players. Carter prevailed, 6-3, 6-3 over Roy Brandys at the No. 1 slot, while Svard stopped a five-match winning streak by Niranjan Ram, defeating the sophomore, 6-3, 6-3.
UMBC (9-6) was unable to pull out three sets at Nos. 4, 5 and 6 singles that went to extended play and dropped all three matches to give SSU (6-11) the victory.
The Retrievers jet back across the country and will host George Washington at the UMBC Tennis Complex on Sunday, March 23, opening a four-match homestand.