SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- The Sacramento State women's team closed out the 2018 season on a high note, taking down Big Sky Conference opponent Portland State, 6-1, Sunday afternoon at the Sacramento State Tennis Courts. Following the win, the Hornets celebrated their graduating senior, Ana Loaiza Esquivias.
The Hornets, who finish their season with a 9-2 conference record and an 11-12 record overall, opened the scoring Sunday by taking the first of three doubles matches. Unfortunately, Portland State (0-16, 0-11 BSC) bounced back to take the next two, clinching the doubles point to take a 1-0 lead in the match.
From there, though, it was all Sacramento State as the Hornets swept the singles competition, winning every match in two sets. Carolina Chernyetsky got things started with a dominant 6-1, 6-0 win from the number five position before Jenna Dorian won her match, also in straight sets, 6-2, 6-2.
Senior Ana Loaiza Esquivias, playing in her final match as a Hornet, scored Sacramento State's third point with a strong 6-1, 6-2 win in the number one position before freshman Shamika Dhar won the clincher, 6-0, 6-2 in the six spot. Maria Gonzalez followed shortly after, winning 6-1, 6-2 in the number to position to make it a 5-1 afternoon.
The longest match of the day belonged to Sofi Wicker, who, from the number three position, defeated Portland State's Alli Valk, 6-2, 6-4. The second set of that match was the highest scoring set for Portland State on the afternoon.
With the win, Sacramento State concluded a strong showing in conference play, winning nine of 11 matches against Big Sky opponents. Their only losses came on the road at Northern Arizona and against Idaho at a neutral site in the Bay Area.
The Hornets also celebrated their one graduating senior Sunday, recognizing Ana Loaiza Esquivias following the match. Loaiza Esquivias finished her senior campaign with a team-best 16-6 record in singles play, all at the number one singles position. She was 9-2 against Big Sky opponents this season. For her career, Loaiza Esquivias finishes with a 67-26 overall singles record and an incredible 39-5 record in singles competition against Big Sky Conference opponents.
Sacramento State also received contributions from their strong freshman class, highlighted by Jenna Dorian, whose 9-2 conference record matched Loaiza Esquivias for best on the team. Shamika Dhar, another true freshman, also finished the season with a winning record against Big Sky opponents, going 6-3 in those matches.
As a team, the Hornets won six of their last eight matches and seven of their final 10. They had a winning record against Big Sky opponents all season.
- Ana Loaiza Esquivias (SAC) def. Siena Peri (PSU) 6-1, 6-2
- Maria Gonzalez (SAC) def. Eszter Zador (PSU) 6-1, 6-3
- Sofi Wicker (SAC) def. Alli Valk (PSU) 6-2, 6-4
- Jenna Dorian (SAC) def. Taylor Rees (PSU) 6-2, 6-2
- Carolina Chernyetsky. (SAC) def. Ashley Knecht (PSU) 6-1, 6-0
- Shamika Dhar (SAC) def. Gerda Upeniece (PSU) 6-0, 6-2
- Siena Peri/Taylor Rees (PSU) def. Carolina Chernyetsky/Jenna Dorian (SAC) 6-2
- Eszter Zador/Alli Valk (PSU) def. Maria Gonzalez/Shamika Dhar (SAC) 6-2
- Ana Loaiza Esquivias/Sofi Wicker (SAC) def. Ashley Knecht/Gerda Upeniece (PSU) 6-0