PHOENIX, Ariz. - The Sacramento State women's tennis team continued their season-opening stretch of four straight road matches Sunday at Grand Canyon. Despite wins from both Jenna Dorian and Frana Ugarkovic, the Hornets fell on the road to the Lops, 5-2.
Sacramento State falls to 0-4 to start the season while Grand Canyon improves to 3-7 on the year. Sunday's match was Sacramento State's second in as many days after going nearly three weeks with a match.
Sophomores Jenna Dorian and Frana Ugarkovic each won in singles play for the Hornets. Dorian, playing at the number four position, defeated her opponent in straight sets, 7-6 (8-6), 6-4. It was the first singles win of the year for the sophomore, who led the team in conference play last year with a 9-2 singles record.
Ugarkovic also won Sunday, as she too picked up her first singles victory of the season. Playing at the number six spot, Ugarkovic came back from an 0-6 first set and won the next two, 6-4, 10-8.
The Lopes clinched the match, winning each of the first three singles contests. Against Nielsen, Chernyetsky, and Sofi Wicker. Dorian's and Ugarkovic's wins both came after Grand Canyon had clinched, 4-0.
Sacramento State will finally return to Sacramento for their first home match of the season when they host Southern Utah at the Sacramento State Tennis Courts on Friday, March 1.
For more information on all upcoming Sacramento State women's tennis matches, be sure to visit the 2019 schedule at HornetSports.com.
Grand Canyon 5, Sacramento State 2
2/24/2019 at Phoenix, Ariz. (GCU Tennis Facility)
1. Occhipinti, Emilia (GCU) def. CHERNYETSKY, C. (SAC) 6-2, 6-2\
2. Morel, Celia (GCU) def. GONZALEZ, Maria (SAC) 7-5, 6-4
3. Buhr, Celina (GCU) def. NIELSEN, Jayden (SAC) 6-2, 6-3
4. DORIAN, Jenna (SAC) def. Lo Pumo, Martina (GCU) 7-6 (8-6), 6-4
5. Infantino, Ludovica (GCU) def. WICKER, Sofi (SAC) 6-4, 6-2
6. UGARKOVIC, Frana (SAC) def. Prudhomme, Autum (GCU) 0-6, 6-4, 10-8
1. Occhipinti, Emilia/Buhr, Celina (GCU) def. CHERNYETSKY, C./NIELSEN, Jayden (SAC) 6-1
2. Lo Pumo, Martina/Lirzin, Mathilde (GCU) vs. DORIAN, Jenna/GONZALEZ, Maria (SAC) 2-4, unfinished
3. Morel, Celia/Prudhomme, Autum (GCU) def. UGARKOVIC, Frana/WICKER, Sofi (SAC) 6-3
Sacramento State 0-4
Grand Canyon 3-7
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3); Singles (3,1,5,2,4,6)