SACRAMENTO Calif. – Sacramento State women's tennis opened a tough Arizona road trip Friday afternoon with a match at conference-for Northern Arizona University. Despite an exciting come-from-behind win for sophomore Sofia Gulnova, Sacramento State fell to the Lumberjacks 6-1.
Gulnova, playing in the number four singles position, fell behind early, dropping the first set to NAU's Ellie Millard, 4-6. The sophomore battled back in the second set, winning 6-4, before the third set went to a tiebreaker. The two players battled back and forth before Gulnova took the third set, 10-7, to win the match.
Maria Gonzalez also played to a third set before falling to NAU's CoraLynn Von Dungern at the number three singles spot, 6-4,4-6, 11-9.
It was a tough day for the rest of the team, as every other singles match was determined in two sets.
The Hornets were swept in doubles play, as all three teams fell to their NAU opponents. The team of Sofi Wicker and Sofia Gulnova was the only team to score for Sacramento State as they lost their match 6-2.
Friday afternoon's loss is Sacramento State's first in Big Sky Conference play this season, as they entered the match 2-0 with wins against North Dakota and Northern Colorado.
They'll continue their weekend trip through Arizona with another match first thing tomorrow morning as they take on the Arizona Wildcats at 11:00 a.m. PT.
Northern Arizona 6, Sacramento State 1
1. Chiara Tomasetti (NAU) def. Ana Loaiza Esquivias (SAC) 6-0, 6-0
2. Hanneke Lodewijks (NAU) def. Sofi Wicker (SAC) 6-4, 6-3
3. CoraLynn Von Dungern (NAU) def. Maria Gonzalez (SAC) 6-4, 4-6, 11-9
4. Sofia Gulnova (SAC) def. Ellie Millard (NAU) 4-6, 6-4, 10-7
5. Eirene Granville (NAU) def. Jenna Dorian (SAC) 7-5, 6-1
6. Madi Moore (NAU) def. Shamika Dahr (SAC) 6-0, 6-2
1. Hanneke Lodewijks/Ellie Millard (NAU) def. Ana Loaiza Esquivias/Carolina Chernyetsky (SAC) 6-0
2. Chiara Tomasetti/Madi Moore (NAU) def. Maria Gonzalez/Jenna Dorian (SAC) 6-0
3. Eirene Granville/CoraLynn V on Dungern (NAU) def. Sofi Wicker/Sofia Gulnova (SAC) 6-2
Northern Arizona 7-2, 2-0 Big Sky
Sacramento State 2-7, 2-1 Big Sky
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (1,6,5,2,4,3)