SEATTLE, Wash. – Sacramento State (8-13, 5-4 Big Sky) traveled north to take on Seattle U (5-15, 0-5 Western Athletic) for its final non-conference match of the season and cruised to a 5-2 win Friday afternoon.
The match is the second to last regular season contest for the Hornets, who have battled injury and travel over the schedule's final two weeks.
"This was a fantastic team effort," said women's tennis head coach Cami Hubbs after the match. "I'm so proud of this team's persistence and patience, especially over this past week."
Various injuries have forced the Hornets to play with fewer than six players in four of their last seven matches. Despite that, they won three of those matches and clinched a postseason spot.
On Friday, Sacramento State fell behind early, 2-0, after dropping the doubles point and the first singles match, but rallied back to win the next five matches.
Senior Carolina Chernyetsky secured the first point of the afternoon for the Hornets, winning in straight sets, 6-4, 6-0, at the No. 3 position. She was followed by another two-set win by Frana Ugarkovic, 6-3, 6-3, at No. 5.
Jenna Dorian was next, giving the Hornets their first lead of the match, 3-2, with a strong 6-3, 6-3 win at the No. 2 position.
Playing her first career match at the No. 1 singles position, freshman Jayden Nielsen came from behind to defeat her opponent, 2-6, 6-4, 6-2, and clinch the match for Sacramento State, 4-2.
Sofi Wicker cleaned things up, securing the final point of the afternoon with a hard-earned, come-from-behind win, 6-7 (7-9), 7-5, 1-0 (5).
In addition to winning Friday's final non-conference match, Sacramento State also clinched a spot in the Big Sky Conference postseason tournament thanks to an Idaho State loss on Thursday.
The Hornets were in control of the their own destiny and could have secured the postseason berth with a win tomorrow, Saturday, April 20 at Portland State, but can now breath easier knowing their place is already secured.
The Big Sky Conference tournament is set to begin Friday, April 26 in Phoenix, Arizona.
Before that, the Hornets will take on the Portland State Vikings on Saturday at 10 am PT.
For more information on Saturday's match, be sure to visit the 2019 schedule at HornetSports.com.