SEATTLE, Wash. – In what has become an unfortunate theme of this season, the Sacramento State women's tennis team again finished just one point shy of a win, being narrowly outlasted by No. 24 Washington, 4-3, on Sunday in Seattle.
The result is the fifth time in just eight matches this season that the Hornets have lost by just a single point, and Sunday was the third time the squad came within one point of defeating a ranked team.
Sacramento State (1-7) got some good fortune in doubles, winning the No. 3 match as Washington (10-2) had to retire due to injury with the Hornets leading 1-0. Washington got an 8-1 win at No. 1 but the No. 2 match was even at 7-7 before moving to a tiebreaker. The Hornet duo of sophomores Jennifer Nguyen and Daria Savchenko were narrowly outlasted in the tiebreak, 9-7, as Washington took the first point of the match.
Senior Sophie Lohscheidt and sophomore Olivia Boija picked up easy straight-set singles wins at No. 4 and 6, respectively, while the Huskies got a straight-set win at No. 5. At No. 3, Hornet freshman Alina Soltanici picked up her first collegiate win, outlasting Andjela Nemcevic 3-6, 6-3, 6-1.
Nguyen took the first set at the No. 1 spot but eventually fell 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 against No. 111 Elian Douglas-Miron. The match came down to No. 2, where Savchenko and Husky Grace Ysidora played to a third set with Ysidora finishing a 6-3, 4-6, 6-2 win to give Washington the match.
Sacramento State plays its next seven matches at home, opening Big Sky play with matches against Southern Utah and Weber State on Saturday, March 15.