SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Sacramento State women's team (0-2) took on a tough Minnesota Gophers squad (2-0) Saturday morning in Minnesota. The Hornets got a great win from senior Ana Loaiza Esquivias, but ultimately fell 6-1 in their second match of the season
Playing in the number one spot for Sacramento State, Esquivias took on Minnesota's Caroline Ryba, defeating her soundly, 6-2, 6-2.
"That was a great win for Ana," head coach Cami Hubbs said after the match. "She played really well in what was a very tough, very competitive match."
Before that, the afternoon started with Sacramento State falling in the first two doubles matches as the pairing of Esquivias and Carolina Chernyetsky fell 6-1 and Maria Gonzalez and Jenna Dorian went down 6-0. The third match went unfinished, but Sonya Gulnova and Sofi Wicker were trailing 5-1 at the time it was called.
In singles play, Wicker battled against Minnesota's Tina Kreinis. After dropping the first set 6-3, she battled back before falling the second match 7-4. Likewise, freshman Jenna Dorian dropped her first set before forcing a tiebreaker in the second set. Ultimately, she too dropped the match 6-0, 7-6(7).
"Today's match was very tough, but we played extremely competitively," add Hubbs. "In singles we came out strong and battled the entire match. I feel like we're ready for our first conference match tomorrow."
The Hornets indeed take the court again tomorrow as they travel from Minneapolis for Grand Forks, North Dakota to take on the North Dakota Fighting Hawks in their first conference match of the season.
Sunday's match is scheduled for 9:00 am local time/7:00 am PT.