MORAGA, Calif. -- The Saint Mary's men's tennis team returns to Korth Tennis Complex this weekend as the Gaels play their final match before a nearly three-week break when they host Sacramento State on Saturday at noon.
Saint Mary's brings an overall record of 4-2 into play this week while Sacramento State enters at 2-4. Both the Gaels and Hornets will look for a turnaround after losing to UC Davis last time out, and for Saint Mary's the match is the last before the Gaels begin West Coast Conference play on March 12 against San Diego.
Playing for the first time in two weeks, Saint Mary's dropped a 4-2 decision to UC Davis last Saturday. The Gaels won the doubles point but Joakim Norstrom was the only singles winner as the big Swede won 6-3, 6-4 at No. 1. Davis dominated at every other spot in the lineup, with straight-set victories at No. 3, 4, 5 and 6.
Norstrom has enjoyed a strong start to the season, battling some aches and pains to compile a 3-1 record early in the spring. He's been especially strong in doubles, where he and partner Wil Martin are off to a 5-1 start playing at No. 1 in the lineup.
Sacramento State also enters on the heels of a loss to Davis, with the Hornets falling 6-1 at Rio Del Oro Racquet Club on Sunday. Marek Marksoo, last year's co-Big Sky Conference Player of the Year, earned the lone victory for Sac State, winning in three sets at No. 2 singles.
Marksoo, who broke into the ITA national rankings last year for a stretch, has shared the No. 1 singles duties with Roy Brandys this season. Brandys enters the week with a 3-3 spring record while Marksoo is currently 2-3. Tom Miller has the team's best singles record, 4-1, playing mostly at No. 4.
Though the Gaels start conference play next, the non-conference campaign isn't over. After playing San Diego on March 12, Saint Mary's heads to Arizona to take on Utah State and the host Wildcats on March 15-16. WCC play resumes March 22 at home against BYU.