SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Sacramento State hosted the Weber State Wildcats in what was just its second home match of the season. The afternoon came down to the final singles match of the day, but unfortunately the Hornets were on the wrong side of the result, falling 4-3 to the Wildcats.
The loss drops Sacramento State to 0-8 this season and 0-2 in Big Sky play. The Wildcats improved to 10-6 overall and 3-1 in league play.
Saturday's match was exciting from the very beginning. Although Weber took the doubles point to gain a 1-0 advantage, Sacramento State clinched the first singles point of the day as Jayden Nielsen won her match in straight sets, 6-2, 6-2.
Nielsen improved to 4-3 in singles play this season, her four wins the most in singles on the team.
Weber State pulled ahead, winning the next two singles points to go up 3-1, but again the Hornets rallied back.
Jenna Dorian, playing at the No. 4 position, defeated her opponent in straight sets, 6-2, 7-5. She was followed by a singles win by Maria Gonzalez (No. 2). Gonzalez came from behind to win in three sets, 1-6, 7-5, 6-1.
With the match even at three, that left just Sofi Wicker playing in the No 5. position. Wicker battled to a third set, but ultimately fell as Weber State clinched the final singles point and the match, 4-3.
"That was another heartbreaker, for sure," said head women's tennis coach Cami Hubbs after the match. "We got them 4-3 last year and they definitely brought it today to get us back in a close one.
"We have another one coming up quick here though, so I'm excited to see how we bounce back against NAU on Monday."
Sacramento State has just one day off before they host Northern Arizona on Monday, March 17 at the Sacramento State Tennis Courts at 11 am. For more information on that and all upcoming Sacramento State women's tennis matches, be sure to visit the 2019 schedule at HornetSports.com.
Weber State 4, Sacramento State 3
Mar 16, 2019 at Sacramento, Calif. (Sacramento State Tennis Courts)
1. KUO, Pei-Hsuan (WSU) def. CHERNYETSKY, C. (SAC) 6-1, 6-4
2. GONZALEZ, Maria (SAC) def. UKITA, Yuuna (WSU) 1-6, 7-5, 6-1
3. NIELSEN, Jayden (SAC) def. PARKER, Sara (WSU) 6-2, 6-2
4. DORIAN, Jenna (SAC) def. LOMBARDI, Megan (WSU) 6-2, 7-5
5. FULLER, Cali (WSU) def. WICKER, Sofi (SAC) 3-6, 6-1, 6-2
6. DICKASON, Morgan (WSU) def. UGARKOVIC, Frana (SAC) 6-4, 6-0
1. DORIAN, Jenna/NIELSEN, Jayden (SAC) vs. KUO, Pei-Hsuan/PARKER, Sara (WSU) 6-6, unfinished
2. LOMBARDI, Megan/UKITA, Yuuna (WSU) def. GONZALEZ, Maria/WICKER, Sofi (SAC) 6-3
3. DICKASON, Morgan/FULLER, Cali (WSU) def. CHERNYETSKY, C./UGARKOVIC, Frana (SAC) 7-5
Weber State 10-6 (3-1 Big Sky)
Sacramento State 0-8 (0-2 Big Sky)
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (3,1,6,4,2,5)