BURLINGAME, Calif. - The Sacramento State women's tennis team took the court Thursday morning against Idaho, a full two days after the original match had been scheduled. Rain caused the match to be both postponed and relocated and in the end, the Hornets came up short, falling 7-0 to the Vandals.
Originally scheduled for Tuesday afternoon at the Sacramento State Tennis Courts, the Hornets were forced to postpone the match due to rain. With the threat of rain all week, the match was eventually relocated as the teams traveled to Burlingame to play at an indoor facility.
Due to potential time contraints, Thursday's match started with singles play instead of doubles. Idaho, the three-time defending Big Sky conference champions, swept the singles points, winning all six matches in two sets. Sofia Gulnova, who entered the match riding five straight singles wins, saw her streak snapped against Idaho's Lucia Badillos. Shamika Dhar had a hard-fought match, but ultimately fell 7-5, 7-5.
In doubles competition, Idaho's teams defeated the pair of Carolina Chernyetsky and Maria Gonzalez, 6-3, and the team of Frana Ugarkovic and Shamika Dhar, 6-1, to clinch the doubles point. Ana Loaiza Esquivias and Jenna Dorian's doubles match went unfinished with the pair trailing 3-5.
The Vandals were predicted to repeat as conference champions in the Big Sky preseason polls. Sacramento State lost their home court advantage and was forced to relocate to Burlingame for an 8:45 am match rather than a 10:00 am home match. After all the adversity Coach Hubbs added, "Today was not the result we wanted or expected, but in the end we are happy to get our match in."
The Hornets head out on the road for two conference matches next weekend, starting with Montana on Saturday, March 17 at 8:00 am PT followed by Montana State on Sunday, March 18 at 9:00 am PT.