OGDEN, Utah - Led by all-Big Sky first team selections for senior Sophie Lohscheidt and sophomore Daria Savchenko, Sacramento State had four players named to the all-conference teams announced by the Big Sky on Thursday. Freshman Alina Soltanici was named to the second team and sophomore Olivia Boija earned honorable mention.
Montana junior Haley Driver was named the Big Sky MVP, marking the first time since 2002 that the MVP did not come from Sacramento State. Montana and Sacramento State led the way with each school having four players named to the all-Big Sky teams. Soltanici was the only freshman and Savchenko was the only sophomore named to the first or second teams.
Lohscheidt has gone 15-8 thus far in her final collegiate season and is the only Hornet to play in all six singles spots this year. She went 8-1 in the Big Sky and had winning records at five of the six singles positions. In doubles, she and Boija are 13-7 at No. 1 while the duo is 15-9 overall.
In her first season at Sacramento State after transferring from Sierra College, Savchenko moved into the No. 1 singles spot after sophomore Jennifer Nguyen had a season ending injury and is 5-1 in the top singles position. She is 13-7 overall and went 6-0 in conference, and dispatched the Big Sky MVP Driver 7-6, 6-2 in the Big Sky Tournament final. She also is 16-7 in doubles, playing primarily at No. 2 with senior Katharina Knoebl.
Soltanici also stepped up in the absence of Nguyen and played in the No. 1, 2, and 3 positions while totaling 10 wins. She was 7-2 in Big Sky play and a superb 20-6 in doubles play, going 8-2 with freshman Deimante Bulatovaite. Boija leads the team with a 16-7 overall record playing primarily at No. 4. Her gutty win gave the Hornets the Big Sky title last weekend and she was 8-2 in the Big Sky to go with her strong doubles play with Lohscheidt.
The Hornets will make their 13th consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance next Friday facing No. 3 UCLA in Los Angeles.