RENO, Nev. - Sacramento State won back-to-back matches Friday in Reno as they defeated the Nevada Wolfpack and the Sonoma State Seawolves, both by a score of 4-3. With the two Friday wins, the Hornets have now won five straight matches.
Sacramento State won its first match of the day, a thrilling 4-3 win over Nevada. After falling behind, 2-0, the Hornets charged ahead, 3-2, thanks to singles wins by Maria Gonzalez, Jayden Nielsen, and Jenna Dorian at the Nos. 1, 2, and 4 spots.
After a Nevada win at the No. 3 singles position evened the match, 3-3, it was once again senior captain Sofi Wicker playing to clinch at the No. 5 singles position.
Wicker won in straight sets, though neither came easy as both sets went to tiebreakers. Wicker held out against her Wolfpack opponent, though, winning 7-6 (7-4), 7-6 (7-2). It was the third straight match-clinching win for Wicker.
Maria Gonzalez, playing just her third match at the No. 1 singles spot this season, improved to 2-1 with a win in straight sets, 6-2, 7-5.
It was Gonzalez who clinched for Sacramento State in their second match of the day as the Hornets beat the Sonoma State Seawolves, 4-3, in another thriller.
With the match tied, 3-3, Gonzalez found herself in a tightly contested third set against the Seawolves' Jensyn Warren. Gonzalez prevailed in that third set, though, and clinched the match for her team with a 2-6, 7-5, 7-6 (7-5) win.
The win is Gonzalez's third at the No. 1 singles position, where she is now 3-1 in four matches.
Wicker was first, her 6-4, 6-0 win at No. 5 giving the Hornets their first point of the match.
Dorian was next, cruising to a 6-1, 6-1 win at the No. 4 spot. The sophomore improved to 8-3 overall in singles competition this season and has now won six straight singles matches.
After Sonoma State had rallied back to take a 3-2 lead, Nielsen pulled the Hornets back to even with a strong 6-3, 4-6, 6-1 win at the No. 2 spot. Nielsen is now 9-3 overall in singles play this season and has won seven straight.
Sacramento State will look to extend their five-match winning streak with a Sunday home contest against Causeway rival UC Davis. The Hornets and Aggies will get underway at the Sacramento State tennis courts on Sunday, March 31 at 11 am PT.
For more information on Sunday's match and all upcoming Sacramento State women's tennis matches, be sure to visit the 2019 schedule at HornetSports.com.