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SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Sacramento State women's tennis program named Sofi Wicker and Carolina Chernyetsky team captains for the 2018-19 season, head coach Cami Hubbs shared today.

The announcement comes following the conclusion of the team's fall tournament schedule and before the start of the 2019 regular season schedule.

"Both Sofi and Carolina have proven to be two of the most hardworking student-athletes and genuine leaders over the past year and a half," said Hubbs after the announcement. "I am honored to name them captains of our squad this year."

Senior Sofi Wicker joined the Hornets as a true freshman for the 2016 season. After playing in 12 total singles matches her freshman season, Wicker had a breakout sophomore campaign in which she went 10-1 in Big Sky singles competition and 13-9 overall.

Wicker has been one of the team's most reliable players over the last two seasons, playing in 19 or more matches in both years. During her three years, she has been an ITA Scholar, a Big Sky All-Academic, and a Big Sky Honorable Mention selection. 

"It is definitely a great honor to be named one of our team's captains," Wicker said after finding out about the selection. "I hope I can be a bridge of communication between the coaches and the team and help the team succeed."

"I'm also very excited to be co-captain with Carolina, who has been my friend since day one in this program. I believe we will make a great partnership to held lead this team to great things."

A junior, Carolina Chernyetsky joined the Sacramento State women's tennis program in 2016 but redshirted her first year. As a redshirt freshman in 2017, she played in 22 matches in her debut season and proved to be a talented doubles player.

Chernyetsky was the recipient of the first ever Iron Hornet Award in 2018 and has been a spirited and determined leader on and off the court for the Hornets since her arrival to the team. 

"I'm very honored," said Chernyetsky of the selection. "I remember always looking up to my captains and I hope that I can be that kind of a leader and teammate for others."

"I want to be able to relate to our team, always do my best to encourage everyone, and help us think and act together as a family." She continued, adding "I think a lot of why we were selected has to do with knowing our team dynamic and what the expectations are."

Wicker echoed Chernyetsky, noting the pair's "experience with and understanding of the culture and expectations of the team" as a big part of their new roles.  

"Sofi and Carolina bring veteran leadership and understanding of our program both on and off the court," Hubbs said of the pair. "In addition to being strong players and leaders, they are also both fantastic students. That is equally as important in how they lead by example."

The Sacramento State women's tennis season will get underway on January 20, 2019 as the team opens with a five-match road trip. The Hornets' home opener is scheduled for Saturday, March 2 against the San Jose State Spartans at the Sacramento State Tennis Courts at 12 p.m.

More information, including the latest news and schedule updates, can be found online at HornetSports.com.