WOMEN’S TENNIS FALLS TO #3 UCLA IN NCAA TOURNAMENT
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Playing in the NCAA Tournament for the 13th consecutive year, Sacramento State faced the No. 3 team in the country, UCLA, on its home court and took a 4-0 loss on Friday in Los Angeles.
The Hornets end the season with a 12-17 overall record after going 7-3 in the Big Sky and rallying to win the conference tournament as the 3-seed. UCLA remained undefeated at home this year while moving its season record to 22-2.
Sacramento State made its 13th consecutive NCAA appearance after winning its 13th straight Big Sky Championship title. The matchup against UCLA marked the seventh time since 2002, and the third-straight year, that the Hornets opened the tournament against a Pac-12 team, losing 4-0 in each of the last three appearances.
UCLA opened the match with a quick 8-0 win at No. 2 doubles. Facing the No. 1-ranked doubles team in the country, UCLA's Robin Anderson and Jennifer Brady, Hornet senior Sophie Lohscheidt and sophomore Olivia Boija took a game in the No. 1 doubles match but fell 8-1. Sacramento State freshmen Deimante Bulatovaite and Alina Soltanici were trailing 4-2 at No. 3 doubles when the point was clinched.
All three Bruin singles players that won on Friday are nationally ranked, including two in the top 10. The first singles win came at No. 4, where No. 75 Catherine Harrison defeated Boija 6-1, 6-0. Soltanici won a pair of games in her first set at No. 2 but fell to Brady, ranked No. 8 in the nation in singles, by a 6-2, 6-0 score.
The Bruins clinched the match at No. 1, where Anderson, the No. 2 ranked player in the nation, defeated Hornet sophomore Daria Savchenko 6-1, 6-0. Lohscheidt at No. 3, Bulatovaite at No. 5, and senior Katharina Knoebl at No. 6 each lost their first set by a 6-1 score and were trailing in the second set when the match was clinched.
With the win the Bruins will host No. 36 Ole Miss in the second round of the tournament on Saturday after the Rebels defeated Texas Tech, 4-3, earlier Friday in Los Angeles.
The match was the final collegiate competition for Hornet seniors Lohscheidt and Knoebl, who led the team to four straight Big Sky titles in their four years at Sacramento State. The squad returns four starters next year as well as sophomore Jennifer Nguyen, who was the team's No. 1 player through the first half of the season before sustaining a season-ending knee injury.