No. 73 Sac State women’s tennis drops match 5-2 to No. 70 UC Irvine

Patricia Carpenter

After creating their longest streak of the season, Sacramento State women’s tennis has dropped two consecutive matches on the road this week.

On Tuesday, the Hornets’ four-match winning streak was snapped by No. 72 San Diego State after the Aztecs beat them 6-1. The losing trend continued today after No. 70 UC Irvine topped Sac State 5-2.

In their contest against the Anteaters the women were able to get the momentum shifted in their direction early after claiming the doubles point, putting them up 1-0.

No. 3 doubles was the first to commence with Hornets’ Ana Loaiza Esquivias and Daria Savchenko downing the Anteaters’ Andrea Duva and Mazy Watrous 8-1.

In No. 2 Olivia Boija and Jennifer Ong were able to nail down the first point of the competition with their 8-3 effort over UCI’s Sarah Gong and Arisha Ladhani.

Deimante Bulatovaite and Alina Soltanici succumbed to the Anteaters’ Ali Facey and Kat Facey 6-8.

The Hornets’ success would come to a halt heading into singles with only one Sac State player coming out with a win. Freshman Loaiza Esquivias finished UCI’s Ali Facey 6-2, 7-6 (7-4), and her victory put her teammates back into the match.

At this point, Sac State trailed UC Irvine 2-3 with two singles matches still being played.

However, in singles position No. 6, Ong was outlasted by the Anteaters’ Duva (2-6, 4-6) to hand the women their second loss of the week and offered no chance for the Hornets to come back.

The Big Sky’s Women’s Tennis Player of the Week, Soltanici, was the last to conclude in the singles portion of the competition. Sac State’s No. 1 player was defeated by Gong 4-6, 3-6 to give UCI the overall win.

The women were taken down in straight sets in singles and no matches went into a third set during this contest.

Despite the loss, Loaiza Esquivias’ performance was a bright spot for the Hornets. The true freshman has amassed a 13-5 singles record, which leads the team. Her doubles partner, Savchenko, is behind her with an 8-5 total.

Sac State is now 11-9 and will return home for a doubleheader on Saturday against Big Sky Conference foes the University of Montana at 10:30 a.m. and Montana State at 6 p.m. The matches will take place at Rio Del Oro Racquet Club.

Despite those losses, the Hornets are still in first place in conference standings with their 6-0 record. Montana is also undefeated in Big Sky action with a 4-0 record and last season the Grizzlies shattered Sac State’s 112 conference winning streak.