NO. 56 WOMEN'S TENNIS EARNS FIRST WIN OF THE SEASON OVER PEPPERDINE
LOS ANGELES, Calif.-- The No. 56-ranked Sacramento State women’s tennis team kicked off their season with a 4-2 upset win over No. 43-ranked Pepperdine at the 2011 ITA Kickoff tournament hosted by UCLA at the Los Angeles Tennis Center.
Tatsiana Kapshai was victorious at both No. 1 singles and doubles vs. Pepperdine.
Sacramento State moves to 1-0 with the victory and will take on the winner of No. 5 UCLA and No. 67 San Diego at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday to earn a berth to compete in the 2011 ITA National Team Indoor Championships.
The Hornets handily captured the doubles point to take a 1-0 lead in the match. Junior duo Tatsiana Kapshai and Rebeca Delgado swept past Pepperdine’s Khunpak Issara and Marie Zalameda in an 8-2 win in the No. 1 spot. Fellow juniors Clarisse Baca and Maria Meliuk clinched the doubles point for Sacramento State with a win at No. 2 after defeating Arianna Colffer and Megan Moore, 8-6.
After the Waves earned the first two singles wins at the No. 3 and No. 2 positions, Kapshai, who is ranked No. 77 in the nation by the ITA, pulled out a 6-4, 6-4 victory over Zalameda at No. 1. Baca and senior Milica Zivanovic then earned back-to-back wins at the No. 4 and No. 6 positions to put the Hornets ahead for good.
After battling through three close sets of 7-5, 3-6, 3-0, freshman Sophie Lohscheidt’s match against Pepperdine’s Andrea Oates at the No. 5 spot was left unfinished after the Hornets clinched the match, 4-2.
#56 Sacramento State 4, #43 Pepperdine 2
Jan 29, 2011 at Los Angeles, CA (Los Angeles Tennis Center)
1. Delgado/Kapshai (SAC) def. Issara/Zalameda (PEPP) 8-2
2. Baca/Meliuk (SAC) def. Arianna Colffer/Megan Moore (PEPP) 8-6
3. Bhargava/Oates (PEPP) def. Katharina Knoebl/Lohscheidt (SAC) 8-2
Sacramento State Wins Doubles Point
1. #77 Tatsiana Kapshai (SAC) def. Marie Zalameda (PEPP) 6-4, 6-4
2. Anamika Bhargava (PEPP) def. Rebeca Delgado (SAC) 6-3, 6-2
3. Khunpak Issara (PEPP) def. Maria Meliuk (SAC) 6-3, 6-3
4. Clarisse Baca (SAC) def. Arianna Colffer (PEPP) 6-2, 6-4
5. Andrea Oates (PEPP) vs. Sophie Lohscheidt (SAC) 7-5, 3-6, 3-0, unfinished
6. Milica Zivanovic (SAC) def. Megan Moore (PEPP) 6-1, 4-6, 6-3
Sacramento State 1-0; National ranking #56
Pepperdine 1-1; National ranking #43
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (3,2,1,4,6)
Sacramento State advances to face UCLA/San Diego winner on Sunday at 1:00 p.m.
2011 ITA Kick-Off Weekend