BERKELEY, Calif. – Playing its highest ranked opponent of the season and missing three key players, Sacramento State battled No. 10 Cal on Thursday in a 7-0 loss in Berkeley. The match was the last for the Hornets in the regular season before the team hosts the Big Sky Tournament next weekend.
With senior Katharina Knoebl, sophomore Jennifer Nguyen, and freshman Alina Soltanici unable to play, the Hornets faced a Cal team that featured five nationally ranked singles players and two ranked doubles teams. In doubles the Hornet duo of senior Sophie Lohscheidt and sophomore Olivia Boija battled the No. 70-ranked doubles tandem of Lynn Chi and Anett Schutting but took and 8-3 loss while the Bears had 8-2 wins at No. 2 and 3 doubles.
Facing the No. 21-ranked singles player in the country, Lohscheidt had an early 5-1 lead in her first set in the No. 2 singles match before Zsofi Susanyi rallied to take the first set and eventually claimed the match 7-5, 6-2. Hornet sophomore Daria Savchenko also had a competitive match at No. 1 against No. 32-ranked Denise Starr but took a 6-1, 7-5 loss.
Cal also won in straight sets in the four other singles matches, with the Bears dropping three games or fewer in each set in those four matches to help the team complete a 7-0 victory.
Sacramento State will be the No. 3 seed and host the Big Sky Tennis Championship next Friday through Sunday at Gold River Racquet Club. The Hornets, who will be playing for their 13th straight Big Sky title, won't know who they will be playing to open the tournament until the remainder of conference matches are concluded on Sunday.