SACRAMENTO, Calif. — With a win on Sunday morning against Northern Colorado, the Sacramento State women's tennis team would earn its 100th straight win against a Big Sky Conference opponent.
The Hornets, who are 7-0 in league play this season, play a home doubleheader on Easter Sunday, with the opener against Northern Colorado at 9 a.m., followed by the second match at 2 p.m. against North Dakota. Because of expected inclement weather, both matches will be played indoors at the Spare Time Indoor Tennis Center on 11205 Pyrites Way in Gold River.
The streak, which includes wins over Big Sky opponents in regular season and postseason tournament play, began in 2002. In addition, the streak is the longest by any team from any sport in Big Sky Conference history, and is believed to be the longest in NCAA Div. I tennis history.
Perhaps even more impressive than the actual streak is the Hornets have outscored Big Sky opponents, 606-38, in individual matches during that stretch. That includes winning by 7-0 or 4-0 scores in 16 consecutive matches spanning 2004 and 2005, 15 straight matches spanning 2006-07, and 13 straight matches spanning 2008-10.
Of the 99 straight wins, 54 of those outcomes were decided by 7-0 scores, 16 outcomes by 4-0 scores, and just three were decided in 4-3 nail-biting fashion.
The last Sacramento State loss to a conference opponent came in the Big Sky Tournament against Weber State (4-1) on April 14, 2001. The streak began with a 6-1 victory at Montana State on March 26, 2002.
In addition, a Sacramento State women's tennis player has earned Big Sky MVP honors 10 consecutive years, including Margarita Karnaukhova (2003-06), Katrina Zheltova (2007-09) and Tatsiana Kapshai (2010-12).
This year's Hornet squad is currently 7-0 in Big Sky play, and has outscored its league opponents, 44-5, thus far. Sacramento State has three Big Sky regular season matches remaining on the schedule before hosting the Big Sky Tournament April 26-28.
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