OGDEN, Utah. – Less than 24 hours after an exciting 4-3 victory over conference opponent Southern Utah, the Sacramento State women's tennis team took down Weber State, another conference foe, also by a score of 4-3 Saturday morning.
Jenna Dorian provided the clincher today for the Hornets (9-11, 7-2 BSC), winning the final match of the day, 7-5, 6-2, over Weber State's (10-10, 5-4 BSC) from the number four singles position.
For Dorian, a freshman, the win was her first clincher in a seventh match of a 4-3 Hornets win. Maria Gonzalez, a redshirt freshman, has won two such clinchers while Shamika Dhar, another freshman, another.
"To have another freshman clinch for us today was exciting," said head coach Cami Hubbs after the match. "It was definitely the cherry on top of a hard-won match."
In singles play, Ana Loaiza Esquivias notched Sacramento State's first point of the morning with a 6-2, 6-1 win from the number one position. With the victory, Loaiza Esquivias improved to a team-best 13-6 overall this season, including 6-2 against conference opponents. All of her matches have been in the top singles spot.
She was followed by wins from Dhar (6-0, 6-2) and Carolina Chernyetsky (6-4, 6-3) as the Hornets pulled out to a 3-1 lead.
Weber State battled back, taking the next two matches from Sofi Wicker (number three singles) and Gonzalez (number two), forcing a 3-3 tie. From there, Dorian delivered the clincher.
The Hornets again struggled in doubles play, dropping the point to Weber State in back-to-back matches, but battled back with another strong showing in singles competition.
"We bounced back from doubles in a great way today," added Hubbs. "We felt confident that we could get it done in every position today and we did."
With the win, Sacramento State climbs to 9-11 overall this season, including a 7-2 mark against Big Sky Conference opponents. After starting the season 2-8 in their first 10 matches, the Hornets are now 7-3 in their last 10.
The team will play their third match in as many days as they immediately travel next to Idaho State for a match tomorrow, Sunday, April 15, against the Bengals. The match will start at noon local time/11:00 PDT.