Hornets dominate women’s golf and tennis

State Hornet Staff

Women’s golf and tennis combined have made 11 postseason berths in the past decade. Both programs have seen some of the most prominent players this season as they continued their dominance and broke new school records.

Senior Lisa Persson finished the season as the No. 1 player for the Hornets women’s golf, placing in the top 20 in all eight competitions that she entered in and broke the school record for lowest 36-hole total (71-74-145). 

Senior Tiffany Nichols carded the fourth lowest 36-hole total in Sac State women’s golf history at 78-71-149.

“Both Lisa and Tiffany were great,” head coach David Sutherland said. “What they brought to the team will be irreplaceable.”

As a team in the same tournament the women shot the lowest combined two-round tournament score by one stroke (602), which was previously held by their 2009 squad.

“The girls were terrific this year on and off of the golf course,” Sutherland said. “I’m sad to see our seniors go but I’m excited to see what awaits us moving forward.”

In the past six seasons the program has been able to place second in the Big Sky Championship and has recorded one first place finish.

Persson earned first team all-Big Sky honors, freshman Chloe Bartek was named to second team and Nichols earned honorable mention.

“I think our team next year is going to have a lot of great potential,” Bondura said. “We’re getting two freshman (Katie Dunaway and Astha Madan) and they’re really great players.”

Sac State women’s tennis will also be losing two of its starters and will look to replace the two captains heading into the 2014-15 season.

The program itself recorded the longest known conference winning streak in Div. I tennis history at 112 matches. The Hornets were undefeated against Big Sky opponents since 2001.

The streak snapped this season against conference rival University of Montana on April 11 and for the first time in 13 years the women were not able to win the regular season conference title.

However, the women sought revenge against Montana as Sac State hosted the Big Sky Championship. Both squads met in the final match, where the women prevailed 4-3 over Montana to advance to the NCAA Tournament.

“I felt confident and I knew all of the girls could (win) so it felt good,” sophomore starter Olivia Boija said when defeating Montana. “It was really important to us since we lost the streak.”

The Hornets have not been successful in advancing out of the first round of the tournament. This season they faced fifth-seeded UCLA and were bounced out by the Bruins at 4-0.

“Until we get ranked in the top 20 we’re going to draw a top seed every time,”said Bill Campbell, the director of tennis.

Sac State did lose its No. 1 player Jennifer Nguyen to a season ending right knee injury. The sophomore who had surgery to repair a torn meniscus and two ligaments in her knee is on track to return to competition in January.

This year senior Sophie Lohscheidt and sophomore Savchenko earned first team honors in the Big Sky. Freshman Soltanici was awarded second team honors and sophomore Boija earned honorable mention.

“We are going to start our next streak and seeing if we can break our last one,” Campbell said. “That’s our goal right now.”