FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Playing with just three healthy starters, Sacramento State was swept in doubles and dropped five singles matches in a 6-1 Big Sky loss on Sunday at Northern Arizona.
After seeing their 112-match conference winning streak snapped with a pair of 4-3 losses on Friday, Sacramento State (9-15, 7-3 Big Sky) took its third straight conference loss on Sunday. The win put Northern Arizona (8-15, 7-2 Big Sky) ahead of the Hornets for second place in the Big Sky, but after finishing conference play with a 7-3 mark Sacramento State did clinch a berth in the Big Sky Tournament.
Competing without top players Jennifer Nguyen, Daria Savchenko, and Katharina Knoebl, Sacramento State took an 8-5 loss at No. 2 doubles and was topped 8-6 at No. 1 and 3 as the Lumberjacks swept the doubles point.
Freshman Alina Soltanici, who had to retire in the second set at Montana on Friday after rolling an ankle, gave it a go on Sunday and won the first set over Emelia Box at No. 2 but had to retire in the second set as she re-aggravated the injury. Northern Arizona had just one straight set win, at No. 4, but was pushed by the shorthanded Hornets in each singles matched.
Senior Sophie Lohscheidt won the first set before falling to 4-6, 6-1, 6-0 at No. 1 while sophomore Olivia Boija and freshman Andie Mouzes also forced third sets before falling to the Lumberjacks. Sacramento State did get a singles win at No. 6, where freshman Emily McColl picked up her second career win with a 6-4, 6-1 triumph over NAU's Sarah Maria Spruch.
Sacramento State concludes regular season play at 3 p.m. Thursday at No. 6 Cal before hosting the Big Sky Tournament April 25-27.