SEATTLE, Wash. – Sacramento State won the doubles point and a pair of single matches but, for the fourth time this year, the Hornets came up just one point short in a 4-3 loss on Friday vs. No. 61 TCU in Seattle.
Sacramento State dropped to 1-6, but four of its six losses this year have been by just a single point in 4-3 decisions. TCU, which improved to 5-5, was the fourth Hornet opponent already this season that came into the match with a national ranking.
TCU won the No. 3 doubles match, but at No. 1 and 2 the Hornets were able to pull out victories in tiebreakers. Sophomore Olivia Boija and senior Sophie Lohscheidt outlasted Seda Arantekin and Stefanie Tan at the No. 1 spot 8-7 (7-0) and the Hornet duo of sophomores Jennifer Nguyen and Daria Savchenko earned an 8-7 (7-1) win at No. 2 to give the Hornets the early lead.
All six singles matches lasted just two sets, with Tan, the No. 53-ranked singles player in the nation, claiming the easiest singles win 6-3, 6-0 at No. 1. Savchenko won the first set 6-5 against TCU's Mimi Fotopoulos at No. 3 before Fotopoulos was forced to retire and Savchenko improved to 3-0 this season at No. 3 singles.
Lohscheidt had a 7-6, 6-2 win over Monika Sirilova at No. 5 in the only other Hornet win. The Horned Frogs claimed the No. 2, 4, and 6 matches in addition to the win at No. 1 to come out with a 4-3 victory.
The Hornets remain in Seattle to face No. 24 Washington at noon on Sunday.