SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Playing singles first with the threat of rain Thursday afternoon, Sacramento State (6-9, 4-2 Big Sky) clinched the match against Northern Colorado (6-13, 1-9 Big Sky) before doubles play even began. With a win at doubles, the Hornets completed the 5-2 win over the Bears.
With the win, the Hornets improve to 6-9 overall and 4-2 in the Big Sky. They are 4-3 at home, including 4-2 at home against conference opponents. Northern Colorado falls to 6-13 on the year and 1-9 against the league.
With looming clouds and a minor threat of rain, the Hornets and Bears opened with singles play Thursday instead of doubles. Sacramento State picked up four wins by the end of singles competition, clinching the match before doubles even began.
For the second time in the team's last three matches, Maria Gonzalez picked up the match-clinching point, winning a thrilling come-from-behind match at the No. 1 singles position.
After dropping the first set, 4-6, Gonzalez battled back to take the second set on a tiebreaker, 7-6 (7-1). From there, the Hornets' No. 1 cruised to a 6-1 final set to win the point and clinch the match, 4-2, for Sacramento State.
Jenna Dorian secured the Hornets' first point with a convincing win in straight sets, 6-1, 6-1, at the No. 3 spot. With the win, Dorian improved to a team-best 10-3 in singles play. The sophomore has won eight straight matches, the longest streak on the team this year.
The two teams faced off in doubles following singles play and the Hornets continued to roll, taking two of three doubles matches to push the score to 5-2.
The Hornets, who are now 4-3 when playing at home this season, have another home match tomorrow, Friday, April 5 as they host another Big Sky opponent, Montana State, at 1 pm.
With more rain in the forecast, stay tuned to Sacramento State Athletics (@HornetSports) and Sacramento State Women's Tennis (@SacStateWTennis) on Twitter for potential updates to tomorrow's start time.
For more information on all upcoming Sacramento State women's tennis matches, be sure to visit the 2019 schedule at HornetSports.com.