WOMEN’S TENNIS ENDS ON HIGH NOTE IN SAINT MARY’S INVITATIONAL

WOMEN’S TENNIS ENDS ON HIGH NOTE IN SAINT MARY’S INVITATIONAL

MORAGA, Calif. - The Sacramento State women's tennis team continued their fall play with another weekend tournament, this time playing Friday through Sunday at Saint Mary's College in Moraga, California. Six of the team's seven players took to the courts as the Hornets won a combined 12 matches over the three-day event, including four on the tournament's final day.

In singles play, senior Ana Loaiza Esquivias entered the tournament as the No. 7 seed in the Singles A draw. She rolled through her first two matches, defeating Cal's Alexis Nelson 6-1, 6-4 in the Round of 32 before taking down USF's Emily Maxfield 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 in the Round of 16.

In the quarterfinals of the Singles A draw, Esquivias went up against the No. 4 seed Maria Kozyreva from Saint Mary's. With the home court advantage behind her, Kozyreva ended Esquivias's run with back-to-back 6-1 sets. 

On Sunday, Esquivias took on third-seeded Katerina Stloukalova of Fresno. In a tightly contested match, Esquivias prevailed, taking down the top player 7-6(4), 7-5.

The upset victory highlighted a strong weekend for Esquivias, who lost in the Round of 16 in the team's last tournament before wining both consolation matches. A Sacramento State veteran, Esquivias starts her senior year with a 30-2 career record in Big Sky conference play.

Sofia Wicker and Maria Gonzalez both joined Esquivias in the Singles A draw. Wicker defeated Pacific's Anneroos Nederstigt 6-0, 3-6, 6-1 in the Round of 32 before falling to the No. 8 seed Kareena Manji of Saint Mary's in the Round of 16. Gonzalez dropped her Round of 32 match 6-4, 6-3 to another Saint Mary's player, Aubane Ville. Facing Lise Sentenac (UCSB) in the Consolation First Round, Gonzales fell 3-6, 6-2, 1-0(6). 

In the Singles B draw, both Jenna Dorian and Carolina Chernyetsky won their Round of 32 matches before falling in the Round of 16. Both had success on Sunday, battling tough opponents after a long weekend of play.

In the Doubles A draw, the duo of Gonzalez and Esquivias 
fell to the No. 1 seed from Cal in the Doubles A semifinals. They continued to add to the team's total win count on Sunday, defeating a pair from Cal on Sunday.

In Doubles B, Carolina Chernyetsky and Jenna Dorian fell to the No. 1 seed from USF in the consolation semifinals on Saturday. 

Appearing in her first tournament of the season, freshman Frana Ugarkovic went winless in the tournament. Despite the results on paper, Ugarkovic played well for her first time on the court this season and forced third sets in all but one of her matches. 

All of Sacramento State's results from this weekend's tournament can be found below.

 

SACRAMENTO STATE RESULTS

 

FRIDAY

Singles A (Round of 32)

Ana Loaiza Esquivias (7) def. Alexis Nelson (Cal): 6-1, 6-4

Maria Gonzalez lost to Aubane Ville (SMC), 6-4; 6-3


Sofia Wicker def. Anneroos Nederstigt (PAC), 6-0; 3-6; 6-1

 

Singles B (Round of 32)

Jenna Dorian def. Kelsie Bryant (UCD), 6-2; 6-1

Carolina Chernyetsky def. Jessica Walker (UCD), 1-2 Ret (inj)

 

Singles C (Round Robin)

Frana Ugarkovic lost to Jennifer Kingsley (SSU), 6-2; 5-7; 6-3

 

Doubles A (Round of 16)

Maria Gonzalez/Ana Loaiza Esquivias
def. Amit Lev-Ari/Stephanie Yamada (UCSB), 8-7(5)

 

Doubles A (Quarterfinal)

Maria Gonzalez/Ana Loaiza Esquivias
lost to Anna Bright/Vivan Glozman (1) (CAL), 8-2

 

Doubles B (Round of 16)

Carolina Chernyetsky/Jenna Dorian lost to Zoey Nelson/Faye Worrall (EWU), 8-0

Frana Ugarkovic/Sofia Wicker lost to Hannah Highsmith/Katherine Long (SSU), 8-3

 

Doubles B Consolation (First Round)

Carolina Chernyetsky/Jenna Dorian def. Clarissa Colling/Jennifer Kingsley (SSU), 8-5

Frana Ugarkovic/Sofia Wicker lost to Elvena Gevargiz/Delaney Nothaft (SCU), 8-3

 

SATURDAY

Singles A (Round of 16)

Ana Loaiza Esquivias (7) def. Emily Maxfield (USF), 6-2; 3-6; 6-3

Sofia Wicker lost to Kareena Manji (8) (SMC), 6-2; 6-3

 

Singles A (Quarterfinal)

Ana Loaiza Esquivias lost to Maria Kozyreva (4) (SMC), 6-1; 6-1

 

Singles A Consolation (First Round)

Maria Gonzalez lost to Lise Sentenac (UCSB), 3-6; 6-2; 1-0(6)

 

Singles B (Round of 16)

Jenna Dorian lost to Zoey Nelson (EWU), 6-2; 7-5

Carolina Chernyetsky lost to #6 Elvena Gevargiz (SCU), 6-3; 6-7(4); 6-3

 

Doubles B Consolation (Semifinals)

Carolina Chernyetsky/Jenna Dorian lost to Mya Bui/Hanna Borjeson (1) (USF), 8-5

 

Saturday Extra Singles Consolation (Round Robin)

Frana Ugarkovic lost to Katherine Long (SSU), 1-6; 6-2; 1-0(5)

 

Saturday Extra Doubles Consolation (Round Robin)

Frana Ugarkovic/Sofia Wicker lost to Lani Rae Green/Shirley Hall (UCD), 8-2

Maria Gonzalez/Ana Loaiza Esquivias def. Zoey Nelson/Faye Worrall (EWU), 8-6

 

SUNDAY 

Sunday Extra "A" Singles Consolation (Round Robin)

Ana Loaiza Esquivias def. Katerina Stloukalova (FSU), 7-6(4); 7-5

Sofia Wicker lost to Maayan Sela (PAC), 6-2; 6-0

  

Sunday Extra "B" Singles Consolation (Round Robin)

Carolina Chernyetsky def. Rachel Swindell (EWU), 1-6; 6-4; 1-0(5)

Jenna Dorian def. Audrey Mayer (Cal), 6-4; 6-1

Frana Ugarkovic lost to Nadine DelCarmen (SCU), 6-2; 6-2

  

Sunday Extra Doubles Consolation (Round Robin)

Maria Gonzalez/Ana Loaiza Esquivias def. Jasie Dunk/Audrey Mayer (Cal), 8-6

Carolina Chernyetsky/Sofia Wicker lost to Zoey Nelson/Faye Worrall (EWU), 8-4

Jenna Dorian/Frana Ugarkovic lost to Stephanie Broussard/Valentina Sottile (EWU), 8-2