STANFORD, Calif. – Facing the defending national champion, Sacramento State was unable to overcome the Cardinal as No. 4 Stanford recorded a 5-0 win on Wednesday afternoon.
With the threat of rain, the teams began the match with singles play and, after the Cardinal won four singles matches and play was halted, the teams were able to complete all three doubles matches, giving Stanford a 5-0 win.
Playing just its second match of the season, Stanford improved to 2-0 this year after a 7-0 win over Saint Mary's in its season opener. The loss dropped Sacramento State to 1-5 on the season.
With four nationally ranked singles players, Stanford won four matches in straight sets. Hornet senior Andie Mouzes won four games against No. 75 Caroline Lampl at the No. 3 spot in a 6-1, 6-3 loss. Stanford's No. 13 Melissa Lord won 6-1, 6-1 at No. 4, No. 38 Caroline Doyle won 6-1, 6-1 at No. 2, and Emma Higuchi won 6-0, 6-1 at No. 5 to clinch the team win.
Junior Ana Loaiza Esquivias won three games at No. 1 while freshman Sofia Gulnova trailed at No. 6 when singles play was halted. The Cardinal went on to win all three doubles matches by identical 6-1 scores.
The Hornets return home to host Nevada at 11 a.m. Sunday. The match will be played on the Sacramento State campus tennis courts, weather permitting.