Sac State women’s tennis drops their regular-season finale against Cal 7-0

Patricia Carpenter

In their regular-season finale, the Sacramento State women’s tennis team provided the closest competition during doubles against No. 4 UC Berkeley this afternoon at the Golden Bears’ home courts in Berkeley, California, but fell 7-0 to drop their record to 16-10.

The women’s record against nationally ranked teams is now at 2-7.

Their showdown featured one Intercollegiate Tennis Association nationally ranked doubles team and three individually ranked opponents for Cal.

The Bears’ No. 10 duo of Zsofi Susanyi and Klara Fabikova won their doubles match in No. 1 in quick fashion, downing Hornet junior duo Olivia Boija and Jennifer Ong 8-2.

In position No. 3 for doubles, freshman Ana Loaiza Esquivias and junior Daria Savchenko made it interesting in their contest against Cal’s Lyann Hoang and Karla Popovic. Loaiza Esquivias and Savchenko were tied up 4-4 against the Bears’ duo, but succumbed to a 7-5 defeat after they failed to keep up with Hoang and Popovic’s two unanswered points.

Cal earned the doubles point after this win, and the matchup between Deimante Bulatovaite and Alina Soltanici was unfinished with the Bears’ Cecilia Estlander and Denise Starr leading 5-4.

Two Hornets put up a fight in singles, with Bulatovaite going up against No. 48 Starr on Court 2. The sophomore was tied up with Starr at 5-5 until the Cal player scored two unanswered points against Sac State’s Bulatovaite to take the set 7-5. Starr easily shutdown Bulatovaite 6-1 in their second set to claim the sixth point for Cal.

Loaiza Esquivias was dispatched in her first set 6-1. However, the freshman came back in her match on Court 6 to win 6-4 over the Bears’ Hoang in their second set. The two went to a 10-point third set tiebreaker, where Cal’s Hoang pulled out the 1-0 win over Loaiza Esquivias to complete the clean sweep for her team.

Despite those late efforts, Cal’s Estlander clinched the Bears’ win over Sac State, with her 6-0, 6-2 victory over Boija on Court 5. The Bears’ lead was 4-0 and matches No. 2, 4 and 6 were still being played out at the time.

One minute after Boija’s loss, her doubles partner, Ong, was taken down in straight sets by No. 89 Popovic 6-1, 6-2.

Their second point of the match came when Susanyi earned a double bagel over the Hornets’ Anna-Maria Nau 6-0, 6-0. Then, No. 24 Fabikova followed up with her 6-1, 6-0 defeat over Sac State’s No. 1 player Soltanici to put Cal up 3-0 early.

Next weekend, the Hornets will pick up Big Sky Conference postseason action and will be the No. 1 seed in the tournament they are hosting at Gold River Racquet Club in Gold River, California. The Big Sky tournament will be spread out over three days and starts on Friday, April 24.