PORTLAND, Ore. – Sacramento State (8-14, 5-5 Big Sky) dropped a hard-fought match on Saturday, 4-3, on the road at Portland State (5-10, 2-8 Big Sky). With the regular season now come to a close, the Hornets look toward the postseason and the Big Sky Conference Tournament.
The Hornets and Vikings split the first two doubles matches Saturday before Portland State locked up the point with a 6-1 win at No. 1 doubles.
From there, Portland State battled to take each of the first three singles matches at Nos. 6, 1, and 3, in that order. Carolina Chernyetsky dropped a hard-fought first set, 6-7 (7-5) before falling in the second set at the No. 3 spot. Jayden Nielsen fell next, dropping an absolute battle at No. 1 in three sets, 6-7 (5-7), 6-1, 6-2.
With the match already clinched for Portland State, the Hornets rattled off three straight singles wins at Nos. 2, 4, and 5. Jenna Dorian won in three sets, 6-2, 2-6, 4-1 ret., before Sofi Wicker won in straight sets, 7-6 (8-6). Frana Ugarkovic finished the afternoon with a 3-6, 7-5, 10-6 win at No. 6.
Sacramento State finishes the regular season with an 8-14 overall record, including a 5-5 mark in the Big Sky conference. The Hornets' 5-5 conference record is good for sixth in the league and clinches them the No. 6 seed in the Big Sky conference tournament.
The league's postseason tournament is scheduled to begin next Friday, April 26 in Phoenix, Ariz. For more details on the conference's postseason tennis tournament, visit BigSkyConf.com.