WOMEN’S TENNIS CRUISES PAST NORTHERN ARIZONA INTO BIG SKY FINAL
GOLD RIVER, Calif. – Sacramento State swept doubles and dropped just two games in three quick singles matches to defeat Northern Arizona, 4-0, in the semifinal round of the Big Sky Women's Tennis Championship on Saturday.
The Hornets, who entered the tournament as the No. 3 seed, cruised past the second-seeded Lumberjacks and will play for their 13th consecutive Big Sky Tournament championship on Sunday.
Sacramento State (11-16, 7-3 Big Sky) will face No. 1 seed Montana (16-7, 9-0 Big Sky), which beat Portland State 4-1 on Saturday, for the Big Sky title at 10 a.m. Sunday at Gold River Racquet Club. The Griz ended the Hornets 112-match Big Sky winning streak with a 4-3 victory on April 11, but Sacramento State was playing without two starters and had one player retire due to injury in that match.
Northern Arizona (9-18, 8-2 Big Sky) had defeated the Hornets 6-1 when the teams met on April 13, but the Hornets were without starters Katharina Knoebl and Daria Savchenko and freshman Alina Soltanici had to retire.
On Saturday, Soltanici and freshman Deimante Bulatovaite finished first with an 8-3 win at No. 3 doubles. Senior Sophie Lohscheidt and sophomore Olivia Boija then finished off an 8-4 win over Emelia Box and Hailey Rochin at No. 1, 8-4.
Bulatovaite had a clean sweep at No. 5 singles, blanking NAU's Tatum Rochin 6-0, 6-0 to put the Hornets up 2-0. At No. 1, Savchenko dropped just one game in beating Johanna Vang 6-1, 6-0, and at No. 6 Knoebl topped Sarah Spruch 6-1, 6-0 to clinch the win for the Hornets.
With the victory the Hornets have now won 26 straight Big Sky Tournament matches and will look for their 13th-straight Big Sky Tournament title and NCAA Tournament bid on Sunday.