GOLD RIVER, Calif. — In what has nearly become a rite of spring, the Sacramento State women's tennis team claimed its 12th consecutive Big Sky Conference Tournament title and earned an automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament. The Hornets earned their latest title with a 4-1 victory over Montana on Sunday at Gold River Racquet Club.
The victory takes Sacramento State to .500 for the first time this season, evening the team's record at 13-13. The win was also the 105th straight against a Big Sky Conference opponent. The Hornets will find out their fate for the NCAA Tournament on Tuesday, April 30, at 2:30 p.m.
Sacramento State dominated doubles play to take a quick 1-0 lead. Katharina Knoebl and Jennifer Nguyen combined to win 8-1 at No. 2 and were quickly followed by an 8-0 win at No. 1 from Olivia Boija and Rebeca Delgado.
Singles play was much closer as Montana rallied to win the first set in three of the six matches. Delgado provided Sacramento State with a solid start, defeating Heather Davidson, 6-2, 6-1, at No. 1.
The Grizzlies earned their only point when Sasha Carter downed Boija, 6-2, 6-3, at No. 4.
Nguyen moved Sacramento State's advantage to 3-1 with a 6-4, 6-2 victory at No. 2 over Larence Pelchat. The decisive point came at No. 6 where Andrea Gomez Carus handed Ashley Mackey a 6-2, 6-4, loss.
The other two singles matches were both even when the match ended. Sophie Lohschedit recovered from losing her first set at No. 3 against Haley Driver, 6-3, to come back and win the second set 6-4. She also held a 1-0 lead in the third. At No. 5, Knoebl dropped her first set, 6-2, before winning the second by the same score.
Sacramento State 4, Montana 1
1. DELGADO, Rebeca (SACW) def. DAVIDSON, Heather (UM) 6-2, 6-1
2. NGUYEN, Jennifer (SACW) def. PELCHAT, Laurence (UM) 6-4, 6-2
3. LOHSCHEIDT, Sophie (SACW) vs. DRIVER, Haley (UM) 3-6, 6-4, 1-0, unfinished
4. CARTER, Sasha (UM) def. BOIJA, Olivia (SACW) 6-2, 6-3
5. KNOEBL, Katharina (SACW) vs. GBADAMOSI, Precious (UM) 2-6, 6-2, unfinished
6. GOMEZ CARUS, Andrea (SACW) def. MACKEY, Ashley (UM) 6-2, 6-4
1. BOIJA, Olivia/DELGADO, Rebeca (SACW) def. DAVIDSON, Heather/PELCHAT, Laurence (UM) 8-0
2. KNOEBL, Katharina/NGUYEN, Jennifer (SACW) def. CARTER, Sasha/MURRAY, Maddy (UM) 8-1
3. GOMEZ CARUS, Andrea/LOHSCHEIDT, Sophie (SACW) vs. DRIVER, Haley/GBADAMOSI, Precious (UM) 5-5, unfinished
Sacramento State 13-13
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1); Singles (1,4,2,6)
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