Women’s tennis wins pair of matches to earn 2-0 record in Big Sky Conference play

Patricia Carpenter

After losing its historic streak last season, the women’s tennis program at Sacramento State headed on the road for a two-match trip against Big Sky Conference competition in Cheney, Washington. In 2014, the Hornets lost their 112 consecutive wins record, but started a new one in the championship last season.

This weekend, the women were able to add onto their new record as they defeated Eastern Washington University and new Big Sky opponent the University of Idaho. This feat puts the program at five wins in a row.

In their first match on Friday morning, Sac State swept the Eastern Washington Eagles at 7-0 and finally earned its first point in doubles in the 2015 season (1-6 in doubles points).

Sophomore duo Deimante Bulatovaite and Alina Soltanici took a quick first loss in doubles position No. 1, losing 0-6, but teammates Ana Loaiza-Esquivias and Daria Savchenko had a commanding 6-2 win over EWU’s Erin Blessing and Chrissy Uriarte in doubles No.2.

Duo Olivia Boija and Anna-Maria Nau edged out Rachel Swindell and Dani Young at 6-3. This put the women up 1-0.

The Hornets clinched their match over the Eagles in position No. 3 singles as it was the fourth match to finish in the contest. Bulatovaite downed Swindell in straights sets at 7-5, 6-1.

Only Savchenko was forced to a third set, but the junior overcame her opponent Katrina Domingo, 6-1, 4-6, 10-8, to claim the final point of the competition.

For the first time this spring, redshirt sophomore Saskia Angerer appeared in singles position No. 6 for the Hornets since the 2012-2013 season. She outlasted her opponent Uriarte 7-6 (7-2). Jennifer Ong didn’t participate in either portion, which allowed Angerer a chance to compete.

The Hornets faced a tougher task in their second match, but overcame Idaho on Friday afternoon, 4-3.

Ong said this team was going to be the women’s strongest competitors this season. The No. 1 singles player for Sac State played in position No. 1 in doubles and No. 5 in singles.

Junior captain duo Boija and Ong pulled out a doubles victory in that position for the first time this year as they defeated Idaho’s Galina Bykova and Emmie Marx 6-2. This was the only doubles win for the team.

The Vandals took the 1-0 advantage heading into singles, but the Hornets came back in positions No. 3-6 to earn their third win of the season.

Bulatovaite was the only Sac State player to be forced into a third set, but she overpowered Idaho’s Lucia Badillos 1-6, 6-4, 7-5. Captains Boija and Ong finished off their opponents in a tiebreaker in their second sets.

Ong’s 6-4, 7-6 (7-0) performance over Marx earned the women their third win of the season.

Sac State (3-4) will be away again next weekend as they resume Big Sky action on Saturday, Feb. 22 against Portland State at 10 a.m., but will face the University of Washington on Friday, Feb. 21 in a non-conference matchup.