No. 52 University of Washington defeats Sac State women’s tennis 6-1

State Hornet Staff

In the women’s first road match in Seattle, Washington this weekend, the Sacramento State women’s tennis team was downed, 6-1, by No. 52 ranked University of Washington on Saturday morning.

The women’s lone point came from a stellar performance by the Hornets’ current No. 1 singles player, Alina Soltanici, who upset her nationally ranked singles opponent, Elianne Douglas-Miron (No. 80), with a score of 1-6, 6-3, 10-8 in position No. 1.

Sac State is still without a healthy full lineup this season as Daria Savchenko competed in the doubles portion of the competition, but was replaced by her partner, freshman Ana Loaiza-Esquivias, in singles No. 6.

Loaiza-Esquivias competed in Savchenko’s spot and was downed by Washington’s Capucine Gregoire 1-6, 2-6 in position No. 6. This was the fifth singles match to finish before Soltanici was able to seal a point for the Hornets, saving the team from being swept.

In doubles, Loaiza-Esquivias and Savchenko were the first to be defeated by Washington’s Julija Lukac and Grace Ysidora, 3-8, in position 3. The Huskies pulled out the doubles point in position No. 1, with junior captains Olivia Boija and Jennifer Ong losing 3-8.

The position No. 2 doubles match of duo Deimante Bulatovaite and Soltanici competing against Angela Chen and Miki Kobayashi was left unfinished as the Huskies clinched, giving them the 1-0 lead.

The Huskies’ Ysidora was the only player to record a clean sweep in singles. She retired Bulatovaite 6-0, 6-0 in straight sets in position No. 2 for the team’s third point.

In today’s match, Ong played in both doubles and singles. She has been rotating in and out of the lineup due to still recovering from a knee injury she sustained nearly a year ago. She dropped her sets 3-6, 1-6 in singles No. 5.

With the frequent changes to its starting players, Sac State will look to recover as they face Big Sky rival Portland State on Sunday, Feb. 22 to conclude the two-game road trip.

The women currently have a 3-5 overall record and a 2-0 conference record.