Sac State women’s tennis loses its first match on the road

Patricia Carpenter

After having a week’s worth of rest and collecting their first win of the season, the Sacramento State women’s tennis team (1-3) headed on the road to Tucson, Arizona for a two-match trip. The Hornets dropped their first contest Saturday morning at the hands of the University of Reno with a final score of 4-2.

The Wolfpack (3-2) sealed their victory in singles position No. 3 as the Hornets’ sophomore Deimante Bulatovaite was downed by Sheila Smiley in straight sets (6-2, 6-3).

Ana Loaiza Esquivias returned to the singles lineup at position No. 6 with Jennifer Ong sitting out. The freshman earned herself a quick victory over UNR’s Elissa Pavelea at 6-0, 6-2. Daria Savchenko followed suit getting the second point of the contest for Sac State as she took care of Sara Korzeniecki in straight sets (6-1, 6-4).

At this point the women had a 2-1 lead, but the Wolfpack came back in singles positions No. 3, 4 and 1 to halt the Hornets’ rally.

There was another lineup adjustment to doubles and singles for Sac State. Ong competed in doubles with fellow junior captain Olivia Boija, but didn’t participate in singles.

The junior duo were defeated by the UNR’s Biaga Delic and Sheila Morales, 6-3 and are 0-2 in doubles position No. 1 (2-2 overall).

That match put Nevada up 1-0 as Bulatovaite and Alina Soltanici were swept in doubles No. 2 at 0-6. Loaiza-Esquivias and Savchenko had a close battle in position No. 3 with a score of 3-4, but the set was left unfinished as Nevada captured the doubles point.

Last match, Savchenko was partnered up with redshirt freshman Tori Trylovich, who was scratched from today’s doubles lineup.

Sac State is now 0-4 in doubles this season.

Sunday, the women have a daunting task as they compete against No. 36 University of Arizona at 9 a.m. as they wrap up their road trip.