SACRAMENTO, Calif. – In its first match of the 2014 season Sacramento State won the doubles point and took two singles matches but San Francisco rallied to secure each of the top-four singles matches to claim a 4-3 win on Saturday at Rio Del Oro Racquet Club.
In the doubles competition Hornet freshman Deimante Bulatovaite and sophomore transfer Daria Savchenko teamed for a 7-5 win at No. 1. Sacramento State dropped the No. 2 doubles match 6-3 but got a 7-5 win from senior Katharina Knoebl and freshman Alina Soltanici at No. 3 to take the doubles point.
After winning doubles the Hornets got quick singles wins from senior Sophie Lohscheidt at No. 5 (6-1, 6-4) and sophomore Olivia Boija at No. 6 (6-3, 6-4) to take a 3-0 lead in the match. San Francisco got its first win at No. 3, where Andrea Ka outlasted Soltanici by a 6-3, 6-2 score.
At No. 4, Savchenko railed from a set down to force a third, but was narrowly outlasted 6-3, 1-6, 1-0 (13-11) by Don sophomore Andrea Ka. Hornet sophomore Jennifer Nguyen battled 116th-ranked Tyra Taune in the No. 1 match but was also narrowly defeated, 6-4, 3-6, 1-0 (10-6) as the match was level at 3-3.
Bulatovaite pushed San Francisco sophomore Sofia Holmberg to tiebreaks in each set at No. 2 but fell 7-6, 7-6 in what turned out to be the deciding match.
The Hornets dropped their first contest of the year while San Francisco improved to 2-0 on the young season. Sacramento State will play its first road match of the season at 1 p.m. Tuesday at San Jose State.