SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Both the Sacramento State men’s and women’s tennis teams were voted preseason favorites to win the Big Sky Conference by the league’s coaches, the conference announced today.
The women’s squad was a unanimous pick in the poll, while the men garnered all but two first-place votes. Coaches were not allowed to vote for their own team.
The selections come as no surprise as the Hornet men have won five consecutive Big Sky Tournament titles and 11 since 1999. That includes five straight trips to the NCAA Tournament, and 10 times overall.
The women have won 12 straight Big Sky regular season and tournament titles, and have a record streak of 105 consecutive victories against a conference opponent dating back to 2002. The streak is the longest by any team from any sport in Big Sky Conference history, and is believed to be the longest in NCAA Div. I tennis history.
Last year, the men’s squad, despite playing five underclassmen in their singles lineup, posted a 17-13 overall record and a 9-1 mark in conference play. The Hornets won 10 of their final 13 matches of the season, including a sweep of Weber State and a 4-1 victory against Montana in the Big Sky Tournament semifinal and championship match, respectively.
Sacramento State returns all but one of its primary singles players from a year ago, including four players that received all-conference accolades. That list is comprised of Big Sky co-MVP Marek Marksoo, first team all-league choice Sean Kolar, and honorable mention selections Tom Miller and Roy Brandys. Overall, the team returns seven players from last year’s squad.
The women’s team finished the 2013 season with a perfect 10-0 conference record, beating each league opponent by scores of 7-0, 6-1 or 5-2. The Hornets swept Southern Utah in the Big Sky Tournament semifinals before knocking off Montana, 4-1, in the championship match.
Sacramento State returns all but one of its primary singles players from a year ago, including sophomore Jennifer Nguyen (No. 2), senior Sophie Lohscheidt (No. 3), sophomore Olivia Boija (No. 4), senior Katharina Knoebl (No 5) and sophomore Saskia Angerer (No. 6). Nguyen and Boija were both first team all-conference selections last season and Knoebl was named honorable mention. Five-time Big Sky Coach of the Year Dima Hrynashka also returns for his eighth season as the Hornets’ head coach.
|2014 BIG SKY MEN'S TENNIS
|#||Team||Points (1st Votes)|
|1.||Sacramento State||98 (9)|
|2014 BIG SKY WOMEN'S TENNIS
||Points (1st Votes)|
|1.||Sacramento State||100 (10)|