SACRAMENTO, Calif. – On a long day of tennis Sacramento State earned a 4-1 win over Weber State and outlasted Idaho State 4-3 to sweep a home conference doubleheader on Saturday.
The Hornets improved to 6-9 overall and 4-2 in Big Sky play with two hard-fought wins. Sacramento State began the day with the win over Weber State (1-10, 1-2 Big Sky) and had to play into the night with a change of venue to outlast Idaho State (4-7, 3-2 Big Sky).
The match against the Bengals was tied 3-3 when it became too dark to continue on the unlit campus courts, so the final singles match was completed under the lights at nearby McKinley Park. Hornet freshman Sofia Gulnova rallied from down 4-1 in the third set at No. 5, dodging several match points, to beat Megan Poe, 5-7, 7-5, 7-6 (0) and complete the sweep for the Hornets.
In the first match of the day, Sacramento State claimed the doubles point against Weber State with wins from Gulnova and junior Ana Loaiza Esquivias at No. 2 and a 6-3 clinching win at No. 3 from sophomore Sofia Wicker and freshman Carolina Chernyetsky.
Gulnova was the first to finish in singles against the Wildcats, beating Sara Parker 6-2, 6-2 at No. 5. Loaiza Esquivias cruised to a 6-4, 6-1 win at No. 1 and, after Weber State stayed alive with a win at No. 6, Wicker finished off Morgan Dickason 6-3, 6-1 at No. 4. The No. 2 and 3 singles matches were in a third set when play was halted.
The doubles point turned out to be critical against Idaho State. The Bengals had a 6-3 win in the No. 1 doubles match, but Chernyetsky and Wicker won 6-2 at No 3 and Gulnova and Loaiza Esquivias outlasted Poe and Melissa Coburn 7-5 at No. 2 to give the Hornets the point.
Loaiza Esquivias improved to 11-2 overall and 6-0 in Big Sky play at No. 1 singles with a quick 6-1, 6-1 triumph. Idaho State had straight-set singles wins at No. 2, 3, and 6, however, to move one point away from victory. Wicker battled to beat Coburn 6-2, 7-6 (3) at No. 4 to tie the match before the change of venue and Gulnova's dramatic win.
After a long day the Hornets have a quick turnaround, playing a non-conference match at noon Sunday at Saint Mary's.