PHOENIX, Ariz. - Sacramento State opened the Big Sky Conference tournament with a quarterfinal matchup against the Weber State Wildcats on Thursday morning, but were unable to extend their season as they fell, 4-0, at the Phoenix Tennis Center.
The Hornets came into the tournament as the No. 6 seed after finishing the year 8-14 overall and 5-5 in the Big Sky. They took on the No. 3 seed Wildcats, who improved to 16-7 overall and will now advance to face the No. 1 seed Northern Arizona Lumberjacks on Friday.
After a slow start to the season in the non-conference portion of the schedule, Sacramento State put together a five-match win streak, including three against Big Sky opponents. They won seven of 10 matches from March 18 through Match 31 and climbed to 5-2 in conference.
Unfortunately, injuries and other setbacks began to plague the team as March turned to April. Sacramento State was forced to play with five or fewer in six of its final nine matches, including each of the last three regular season matches and Thursday's quarterfinal contest.
On Thursday, the Hornets lost the doubles point, dropping one by default and another, 6-1, at the No. 1 position.
Weber State then took an immediate 2-0 lead after picking up a point at the No. 6 singles position, again by default.
Three of the remaining five singles matches went unfinished, including wins leader Jenna Dorian's match at No. 2 singles. Dorian closed out the season with a team-high 14 wins, going 14-5 in singles play, including 9-1 in league.
Jayden Nielsen (No. 1) and senior co-captain Sofi Wicker (No. 4) also saw their final matches of the season go unfinished. Wicker won the only set of the afternoon for the Hornets, taking the first set 7-5 before her match ended.
Thursday's loss marked the end of the collegiate careers for both Wicker and Chernyetsky. The duo were the team's only seniors and were selected as co-captains by the teammates and coaches coming into the 2018-19 season of Sacramento State women's tennis.