Women’s tennis drops third straight Big Sky match

State Hornet Staff

After being riddled with injuries late in the season, Sacramento State women’s tennis lost its final Big Sky Conference match on the road Sunday against Northern Arizona 6-1.

With the loss Sac State has dropped to third in the Big Sky with Northern Arizona in second and undefeated University of Montana in first.

The Hornets had to shuffle their roster due to injuries of starting players, sophomores Jennifer Nguyen and Daria Savchenko, and senior Katharina Knoebl.

Friday, freshman Alina Soltanici rolled her ankle and had to retire in singles match No. 1. Senior Sophie Lohscheidt who normally plays in singles positions No. 4-6 had to take over the top spot Sunday. Lohscheidt in singles forced a tiebreaker set against the Lumberjacks Johanna Vang, but was swept in the final set (4-6, 6-1, 6-0).

Soltanici was able to play against the Lumberjacks in singles position No. 2, but retired in the second set after irritation to her ankle.

Emily McColl was the only Hornet to pull out a victory for the women. In singles No. 6, the freshman defeated Sarah Maria Spruch 6-4, 6-1.

Freshman Andie Mouzes and sophomore Olivia Boija forced a tiebreaker in their singles matches, but fell to the Lumberjacks Tatum Rochin and Hailey Rochin, respectively.

The doubles point was awarded to the Lumberjacks as the Hornets were swept in all three matches (8-6, 8-5, 8-6).

Sac State (9-15, 7-3) will close out its regular season on the road against No. 6 UC Berkeley on Thursday before hosting the Big Sky Championship on April 25-27.