SACRAMENTO, Calif. – In a home double header opening Big Sky conference play, Sacramento State cruised past Southern Utah and Weber State without dropping a single set in a pair of 7-0 shutouts on Saturday at Rio Del Oro.
Sacramento State (3-7, 2-0 Big Sky) extended its winning streak against Big Sky opponents to 107 consecutive matches with the two wins on Saturday. The team did not drop a set and was pushed to tiebreakers in just two of 24 singles sets played on the day.
The Hornets got off to a fast start in the first match against Southern Utah (3-5, 0-2 Big Sky) by sweeping doubles by scores of 8-0, 8-0, and 8-1, allowing just a single point in the No. 1 match. The bottom two spots in the Hornet singles lineup picked up the first two wins of the competition, with sophomore Katharina Knoebl sweeping Madeline Skaras 6-0, 6-0 at No. 5 and sophomore Olivia Boija winning 6-1, 6-0 at No. 6.
The match victory against the Thunderbirds was clinched at No. 3, where freshman Alina Soltanici finished a 6-3, 6-0 win over Jane Marushko. Sacramento State sophomore Jennifer Nguyen won 6-1, 6-0 at No. 1 and two more straight set wins by senior Sophie Lohscheidt at No. 4 and sophomore Daria Savchenko at No. 2 gave the Hornets their first 7-0 win of the day.
Weber State (5-7, 0-3 Big Sky) fared slightly better in doubles but was still swept, losing 8-2 at both No. 1 and 2 but getting shut out 8-0 at No. 3 by the Hornet duo of Knoebl and Soltanici. The first singles win also went to Soltanici in a 6-1, 6-1 romp at No. 3. Knoebl beat Nittaya Phonharath 6-1, 6-0 at No. 5 and Boija clinched the match with a 6-1, 6-3 victory at No. 6.
Knoebl lost just one point on the day in singles and was perfect with Soltanici in doubles. Savchenko earned the first two wins for the Hornets this season at No. 2 singles while Lohscheidt extended her winning streak in singles to six matches.
The Hornets continue their seven-match home stand with another Big Sky battle tomorrow, hosting Idaho State at 10 a.m. at Rio Del Oro.