WOMEN'S TENNIS IMPROVES TO 10-1 WITH 7-0 TRIUMPH OVER PACIFIC
STOCKTON, Calif. - The No. 49 ranked Sacramento State women's tennis team swept the Pacific Tigers, 7-0, on Sunday, March 2 at the Hal Nelson Tennis Courts.
With the win, the Hornets improve to 10-1 on the season, while the Tigers fall to 3-7.
In doubles action, the Hornets swept the Tigers in all three matches, giving them a perfect 9-0 mark in doubles action in the three matches played this weekend. At No. 1 doubles, junior Katrina Zheltova and freshman Melissa Valenzuela took down Jolanta Twarowska and Olga Gumenyuk by a score of 8-1. The tandem of junior Anastassia Lyssenko and sophomore Aileen Tsan clinched the doubles point next at No. 3 singles, after posting an 8-4 victory over Kateryna Nezhura and Clara Schuhmacher, which was then followed by juniors Karina Jarlkaganova and Luba Schifris defeating Svenja Arens and Sasha Fisher 8-4 at No. 2 doubles.
On the singles side of the ledger, the Hornets swept all six matches, four of which were competed in straight sets, with the other two contested with the super tiebreak. Zheltova, ranked No. 36 nationally, made quick work of Jolanta Twarowska at No. 1 singles, winning in straight sets 6-1, 6-2. Junior Joyce Martinez Gutierrez then defeated Fisher at No. 6 singles, 6-0, 6-2, while Lyssenko continued her dominate weekend, defeating Gumenyuk 6-3, 6-1 at No. 3 singles. Jarlkaganova was the final Hornet to win in straight sets, as she took down Schuhmacher at No. 5 singles 6-1, 6-2.
Valenzuela bounced back following a loss in her last match, defeating Arens at the No. 2 singles position by a score of 6-2, 4-6, 1-0 (10-6). The final match of the day saw Schifris record a victory at No. 4 singles over Nezhura, winning 7-6 (10-5), 4-6, 1-0 (10-6).
Splitting time between No. 2 and No. 3 singles, Lyssenko lost just eight games over the course of three matches, only allowing her opponent to win three games in two sets. At No. 4 and No. 5 singles, Jarlkaganova lost only seven games over the three matches, allowing her opponents to win two games in only two sets on the weekend.
The Hornets head to Eugene, Ore. next weekend to take on Nevada in a neutral site game on March 8, before facing No. 46 Oregon on March 9.
#49 Sacramento State 7, Pacific 0
1. #36 Katrina Zheltova (SAC) def. Jolanta Twarowska (PAC) 6-1, 6-2
2. Melissa Valenzuela (SAC) def. Svenja Arens (PAC) 6-2, 4-6, 1-0 (10-6)
3. Anastassia Lyssenko (SAC) def. Olga Gumenyuk (PAC) 6-3, 6-1
4. Luba Schifris (SAC) def. Kateryna Nezhura (PAC) 7-6 (10-5), 4-6, 1-0 (10-6)
5. Karina Jarlkaganova (SAC) def. Clara Schuhmacher (PAC) 6-1, 6-2
6. Joyce Martinez Gutierrez (SAC) def. Sasha Fisher (PAC) 6-0, 6-2
1. Katrina Zheltova/Melissa Valenzuela (SAC) def. Jolanta Twarowska/Olga Gumenyuk (PAC) 8-1
2. Luba Schifris/Karina Jarlkaganova (SAC) def. Svenja Arens/Sasha Fisher (PAC) 8-4
3. Aileen Tsan/Anastassia Lyssenko (SAC) def. Kateryna Nezhura/Clara Schuhmacher (PAC) 8-4
Sacramento State 10-1; National ranking #49
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (1,6,3,5,2,4)