GRAND FORKS, N.D. – The Sacramento State women's tennis team (1-2) played their second match in as many days Sunday morning and defeated North Dakota (0-1), 5-2, for their first win of the season.
In doubles play, the two teams traded matches as Sofi Wicker and partner Sofia Gulnova won their match before Maria Gonzalez and Jenna Dorian dropped theirs. In the deciding third match, Ana Loaiza Esquivias and Carolina Chernyetsky defeated their opponents 7-6(5) to claim the doubles point.
In singles play, Dorian defeated North Dakota's Jaylee Yasunaga 6-1, 6-0 in the No. 5 singles play to give Sacramento State a 2-0 lead. North Dakota got on the board next when Zahra Finnegan beat Chernyetsky 6-1, 6-4 in the No. 6 singles play.
From there, Wicker won her match 7-5, 6-3 and Esquivias took the clincher in an exciting back and forth match, 6-2, 6-7(4), 6-2, giving them the 4-1 lead.
The sixth match saw Sacramento State's Gulnova defeat Preethi Kasilingam in three sets, 2-6, 6-4, 7-5 in the No. 4 spot while the day's final match went to North Dakota's Isa Sullivan, who defeated Gonzalez in three sets, 6-4, 4-6, 6-2.
"It was great to get our first win, especially when it's a conference match," said head coach Cami Hubbs. "Every match was a battle today but we came out on top. Now we're looking forward to our first home match next weekend."
Sacramento State returns home to host Nevada on Saturday, Feb. 3 as the Sacramento State Hornets tennis courts. The match will begin at 1:00 pm PT.
Sacramento State 5, North Dakota 2
- Ana Loaiza Esquivias (SAC) def. Palumbo, Carmen (UND) 6-2, 6-7(4), 6-2
- Sofi Wicker (SAC) def. Hartnett, Elly (UND) 7-5, 6-3
- Sullivan, Isa (UND) def. Maria Gonzalez (SAC) 6-4, 4-6, 6-2
- Sofia Gulnova (SAC) def. Kasilingam, Preethi (UND) 2-6, 6-4, 7-5
- Jenna Dorian (SAC) def. Yasunaga, Jaylee (UND) 6-1, 6-0
- Finnigan, Zahra (UND) def. Carolina Chernyetsky (SAC) 6-1, 6-4