Women’s tennis sweeps Northern Colorado and North Dakota 7-0

Patricia Carpenter

Women’s tennis is on a tear after achieving clean sweeps over Big Sky Conference foes the University of Northern Colorado and the University of North Dakota at their home court, Rio Del Oro Racquet Club, on Saturday.

The No. 72 Sacramento State Hornets have steam rolled to a five-match winning streak and remain perfect in conference action (6-0).

In their first contest of the day against UNC, the women dropped only one set in doubles and remained perfect in singles. Hornet junior captains Olivia Boija and Jennifer Ong lost to Beth Coton and Courtney Schulte 4-6, but their teammates pulled out the first point of their match after winning in doubles No. 1 and 3.

Freshman Ana Loaiza Esquivias has been stellar in singles and her efforts have propelled her to a start in position No. 3 for the team. She previously competed in No. 4 through 6 and earned an 11-4 record.

Loaiza Esquivias did not disappoint in her debut and dropped UNC’s Coton 6-3, 6-0 to move the freshman to 12-4 on the season. Her match was the fourth to conclude for Sac State and put the women up 5-0.

The decisive point came in singles No. 1, where Alina Soltanici picked up her ninth win of the season to put her above a .500 record (9-8). She defeated UNC’s Lea Krajcovicova 6-1, 6-2.

Soltanici and partner Deimante Bulatovaite finally clinched a win in doubles after being stuck with a 4-7 record. Their last win came against UC Santa Barbara on March 7, but the duo won 6-0 over Chrissie Hoolahan and Krajcovicova.

Redshirt freshman Tori Trylovich made her fourth singles start with Ong still nursing her knee injury. Trylovich overpowered Marissa Baca 6-1, 6-1.

In their second match of the afternoon, the Hornets’ momentum continued with the women only dropping two singles sets in their 7-0 victory over North Dakota.

Sac State swept the doubles sets with wins from Boija and Ong in No. 2 (6-0), Loaiza Esquivias and Daria Savchenko in No. 3 (6-1) and Bulatovaite and Soltanici in No .1 (6-2) in that order of finish.

UND’s Sophie Allen-Fisher forced Boija to pull of a come-from-behind win after she downed the Hornet 7-6 (7-3) in their first set, but the captain battled back and took her opponent in the next two sets (6-1, 10-7) in singles No. 3. Boija is 2-1 in that position.

In her second start of the year, sophomore Andie Mouzes replaced Savchenko in the lineup and moved Trylovich up to singles No. 5. Mouzes was the only other player for Sac State to be pushed to a third set after losing her second one 5-7. It was a close competition between her and UND’s Kathleen Preston, but she was able to finish her off 6-2, 5-7, 10-8.

Boija leapfrogged Loaiza Esquivias in this match as she took over the No. 3 spot and the freshman played as Sac State’s No. 4 player. Loaiza Esquivias’ 6-3, 6-1 win over Mimi Yunker secured the Horntets’ sixth consecutive triumph over Big Sky opponents.

Sac State leads the Big Sky in first place and the team’s overall record is 11-7, which is their best start since 2011 (11-7).

The women’s next match will be on the road against No. 67 San Diego State on Tuesday.