WOMEN’S TENNIS RETURNS TO CAMPUS, BLANKS UMBC 4-0
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Playing a rare match on campus, Sacramento State cruised to two doubles wins and three straight-set singles wins in a 4-0 victory on Thursday over UMBC.
Sacramento State (5-8) was playing on campus as the same time as the Hornet men, who were also facing UMBC (University of Maryland Baltimore County). The second non-conference win of the season for the Hornets dropped the UMBC women to 6-7 on the year.
The Hornets, who were playing without No. 1 singles player Jennifer Nguyen after the sophomore was injured on Tuesday, opened with an 8-0 whitewash at No. 2 doubles from the duo of senior Katharina Knoebl and sophomore Daria Savchenko. Freshman Emily McColl played in doubles for the first time in her career and teamed with freshman Alina Soltanici to score an 8-5 win at No. 3 to clinch the doubles point.
Knoebl put the Hornets on the board quickly in singles play, sweeping UMBC senior Josefin Stange-Jonsson 6-0, 6-0 at No. 5. Soltanici moved up to No. 2 and beat Mariami Dolashvili 6-2, 6-0 while sophomore Olivia Boija improved to 9-1 this season with a 6-3, 6-1 win at No. 4 to clinch the match. Sacramento State won first sets at No. 3 and 6 but those matches went unfinished.
Sacramento State returns to its normal home courts at Rio Del Oro Racquet Club for a Big Sky doubleheader on Saturday, hosting Eastern Washington at 10 a.m. and Portland State at 3 p.m.