NO. 45 WOMEN'S TENNIS FIGHTS HARD BEFORE FALLING TO NO. 9 CALIFORNIA
BERKELEY, Calif. - The No. 45 ranked Sacramento State women's tennis team had a chance to avenge a previous loss to No. 9 California, but fell to the Golden Bears by a score of 6-1 on Friday, March 19 at Hellman Tennis Complex.
With the loss, the Hornets fall to 9-5, while the Golden Bears improve to 11-3.
After Cal swept the doubles points to take a 1-0 lead, the Hornets picked up a point in singles play and almost pulled off a major upset at the No. 1 singles position. A No. 4 singles, sophomore Clarisse Baca defeated Kasia Siwosz in a wild match that saw Baca take the first set in a tiebreak, 7-6 (7-5) before losing 6-0 in set number two. Baca took home the third set super tiebreak to put the Hornets on the scoreboard.
The final match to finish was No. 1 singles, as Jana Juricova, the No. 2 ranked player in the nation, was taken to the limit by Hornet sophomore Tatsiana Kapshai. Juricova defeated Kapshai 6-0 in the opening set, but the native of Minsk, Belarus fought back to take the second set 6-4. The Golden Bear sophomore was too much in the end, taking home the third set by a score of 6-4.
The two teams had met previously in the spring in the finals of the ITA Kickoff Regional, with California also winning by a margin of 6-1. Sacramento State again played without the services of senior Katrina Zheltova.
Sacramento State continues a weekend road swing with matches at Northern Colorado and at Montana State in Big Sky play on Saturday and Sunday.
#9 California 6, #45 Sacramento State 1
Mar 19, 2010 at Berkeley, Calif. (Hellman Tennis Complex)
1. #2 JURICOVA, Jana (CAL) def. KAPSHAI, Tatsiana (SAC) 6-0, 4-6, 6-4
2. #16 COSSOU, Marina (CAL) def. DELGADO, Rebeca (SAC) 6-2, 6-3
3. #50 ANDERSSON, Mari (CAL) def. MELIUK, Maria (SAC) 6-3, 6-1
4. BACA, Clarisse (SAC) def. SIWOSZ, Kasia (CAL) 7-6 (7-5), 0-6, 1-0 (9-7)
5. GORANSSON, Annie (CAL) def. TSAN, Aileen (SAC) 6-4, 6-1
6. CHANG, Stephany (CAL) def. NAZAROVA, Zalina (SAC) 6-1, 6-3
1. #6 ANDERSSON, Mari/JURICOVA, Jana (CAL) def. KAPSHAI, Tatsiana/TSAN, Aileen (SAC) 8-2
2. COSSOU, Marina/SIWOSZ, Kasia (CAL) def. BACA, Clarisse/DELGADO, Rebeca (SAC) 8-3
3. CHANG, Stephany/GORANSSON, Annie (CAL) def. MELIUK, Maria/NAZAROVA, Zalina (SAC) 8-3
Sacramento State 9-5; National ranking #45
California 11-3; National ranking #9
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (3,6,5,2,4,1)