Women’s tennis remains perfect in Big Sky regular season with 11-0 record

Patricia Carpenter

In their Big Sky Conference regular-season finale, the Sacramento State women’s tennis team (16-9) wiped out the Weber State University Wildcats (12-5, 6-2 Big Sky) 6-1 this evening at Rio Del Oro Racquet Club.

This was the Hornets first contest in over a week, with their last match being on April 4.

The Hornets dominated in doubles, winning 6-0 in position No. 3 and 6-1 in No. 1 to claim the first point of the match. Sophomore duo Deimante Bulatovaite and Alina Soltanici had strong competition in their set against the Wildcats’ Megan Rindlisbacher and Emily Tanner, but came out with the 7-5 win in No. 2.

This effort put the women up 1-0 over Weber State. Currently, the Hornets are 39-30 in doubles this season.

Sac State’s No. 1 player Soltanici said the time off was different since the team was used to competing in multiple matches and doubleheaders this season.

The sophomore struggled in her first singles set, but came from behind to produce a 7-5 win. Soltanici cruised to an easy 6-2 win in her second set over the Wildcats’ Agata Bachanek to claim the sixth point of the match.

Junior captain Jennifer Ong was the only Hornet player who lost a match against the Wildcats. Weber State’s Romy Dodd-Stephens downed Ong 7-5, 6-3 in position No. 4 to wrap up the contest.

Anna-Maria Nau appeared in the lineup in position No. 3 and dispatched her opponent, Dominique Beauvais, 6-2, 6-0 for the third point of the match. Fellow freshman Ana Loaiza Esquivias earned the second point for her squad with her quick 6-0, 6-1 victory.

Loaiza Esquivias leads the Hornets with an 17-6 singles record.

After suffering an asthma attack in their match against Northern Arizona University on April 4, junior captain Olivia Boija returned to the Hornets’ lineup and competed in singles position No. 5 for Sac State. The junior won 6-2, 6-3 over the Wildcats’ Devi Hasan.

Bulatovaite competed in two close sets in position No. 2 against Weber State’s Kristi Elmer, but came out with the 6-4, 6-3 win. The sophomore is now 14-11 in singles this season and 7-5 as Sac State’s No. 2 player.

The Hornets will head on the road Friday to close out their regular season against the Intercollegiate Tennis Association’s No. 4 ranking UC Berkeley (18-3). The start time is at 1:30 p.m. in Berkeley, California.