PORTLAND, Ore. -- For the second-consecutive year, the Sacramento State women''s tennis defeated Weber State, in a 4-0 victory, to advance to the 2003 Big Sky Conference Championship match. The 69th-ranked Hornets improved to 15-7 on the year with freshman Margarita Karnaukhova, currently ranked 61st in the nation, at the helm.
Doubles play was also dominated by Sacramento State as the Hornets clinched the doubles point with two victories. The No. 1 doubles tandem of Karnaukhova and junior Ann Roslund defeated Briana Beauchene and Maria Bublik, 8-1, and the No. 3 doubles team of junior Petra Abraham and sophomore Cristina Rivieccio defeated Elana Smith and Karla Pretorius, 8-3. Sophomores Roberta Fessenko and Amanda Sanches did not finish their doubles match as the point was already given to Sacramento State.
The Hornets had little trouble in singles play as Sacramento State clinched victory after just three matches. Karnaukhova defeated Bublik (6-1, 6-0) at No. 1, Roslund defeated Beauchene (6-3, 6-2) at the three, and Abraham wrapped up the victory with her defeat over Smith (6-0, 6-1). Fessenko, Sanches and Rivieccio did not finish their matches due to the Hornet victory.
Sacramento State will face Northern Arizona for the second-consecutive year in the Big Sky Conference Championship match in Portland, Ore., on Sunday, April 27 at 9 a.m. Last year, the Hornets defeated the Lumberjacks, 4-3, to win the Big Sky Conference title.
Sacramento State 4, Weber State 0
1: Margarita Karnaukhova (SAC) def. Maria Bublik (WSU), 6-1, 6-0
2: Roberta Fessenko (SAC) vs. Alexandra Ilie (WSU), (did not finish)
3: Ann Roslund (SAC) def. Briana Beauchene (WSU), 6-3, 6-2
4: Petra Abraham (SAC) def. Elana Smith (WSU), 6-0, 6-1
5: Amanda Sanches (SAC) vs. Chelsee Drews (WSU), (did not finish)
6: Cristina Rivieccio (SAC) vs. Karla Pretorius (WSU), (did not finish)
1: Karnaukhova/Roslund (SAC) def. Beauchene/Bublik (WSU), 8-1
2: Sanches/Fessenko (SAC) vs. Ilie/Drews (WSU), (did not finish)
3: Rivieccio/Abraham (SAC) def. Smith/Pretorius (WSU), 8-3