VANCOUVER, Wash. – Portland State earned the doubles point and was able to split the six singles matches to pick up a 4-3 win over Sacramento State on Saturday in a home match played in nearby Vancouver, Wash.
In its final Big Sky match of the regular season, Sacramento State dropped to 9-16 overall and finished with a 7-4 record in conference play. The Hornets will finish fourth in the final Big Sky standings while Portland State moved to 3-12 overall and ended its conference season with a 3-8 mark.
The Vikings swept doubles to open Saturday's match. Portland State had a 6-0 win at No. 2 and clinched the point winning 6-1 at No. 1 before finishing with a 6-2 win at the No. 3 spot.
In singles play Hornet junior Ana Loaiza Esquivias continued her superb season improving to 17-5 overall and 10-1 in Big Sky play at No. 1 singles with a 6-2, 6-4 win over Siena Peri. Sophomore Sofia Wicker and freshman Sofia Gulnova both completed 10-1 Big Sky singles records as well.
Wicker and Gulnova both pulled out three-set wins on Saturday. At No. 3 Wicker overcame Georgia Dobell 6-3, 6-7(4), 6-1 and at No. 4 Gulnova topped Sally Partington 6-2, 5-7, 6-2. Portland State had straight set wins at No. 2 and 5, however, and broke a 3-3 tie when Taylor Rees completed a 6-2, 6-4 win at No. 6.
For Sacramento State the loss was the seventh this year coming by just a 4-3 margin. The Hornets conclude the regular season with a non-conference match at Portland on Sunday at 10 a.m.