SACRAMENTO Calif. – The Sacramento State women's tennis team took the courts at Sacramento State for just the second time this season as they welcomed #45 Saint Mary's for a Sunday morning match. Despite a strong battle in many of the matches, the Hornets came out behind, falling 5-2 to the Gaels.
In the number one doubles matchup, Ana Loaiza Esquivias and teammate Carolina Chernyetsky took on the #35 ranked team in the nation in Saint Mary's Hind Abdelouahid and Mariia Kozyreva. Despite an exciting 4-4 tie, the match went unfinished after Saint Mary's clinched the doubles point with 6-2 wins in each of the number two and three doubles matches.
"Today's match was a tough one against a very strong Saint Mary's team," said head coach Cami Hubbs. "This is the strongest I've seen Saint Mary's and we were right there with them."
The Hornets hung with the Gaels in each of the singles matches as well, getting wins from both Loazia Esquivias and Maria Gonzalez. Loaiza Esquivias took down Kozyreva in the number one position, 6-4, 6-3, while Gonzalez won her match in the number three spot in three sets, 6-3, 4-6, 7-5.
"Those were big wins for us today and I'm proud of both Ana and Maria," added Hubbs. "I thought it was especially big for Ana, getting a win over an opponent who beat her pretty decisively in the fall.
"She showed great maturity in her game today and that's something to celebrate."
Sacramento State heads back out on the road for their next match. They'll travel to Northern Arizona where they'll look to defend their perfect 2-0 Big Sky Conference record. The match is set for Friday, March 2 at 1 pm PT.
#45 Saint Mary's 5, Sacramento State 2
1. Ana Loaiza Esquivias (SAC) def. Mariia Kozyreva (SMC) 6-4, 6-3
2. Hind Abdelouahid (SMC) def. Sofi Wicker (SAC) 6-1, 6-4
3. Maria Gonzalez (SAC) def. Clementine Clement (SMC) 6-3, 4-6, 7-5
4. Kareena Manji (SMC) def. Shamika Dhar (SAC) 6-2, 6-1
5. Emma Critser (SMC) def. Jenna Dorian (SAC) 6-0, 7-5
6. Vanessa Nommensen (SMC) def. Carolina Chernyetsky (SAC) 7-5, 6-2
1. Ana Loaiza Esquivias/Carolina Chernyetsky (SAC) vs. Hind Abdelouahid/Mariia Kozyreva (SMC) unfinished
2. Kareena Manji/Emma Critser (SMC) def. Jenna Dorian/Maria Gonzalez (SAC) 6-2
3. Clementine Clement/Auban Ville (SMC) def. Sofi Wicker/Shamika Dhar (SAC) 6-2
Saint Mary's 5-5; National ranking #45
Sacramento State 2-5
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (4,1,2,5,6,3)