GULNOVA, LOAIZA ESQUIVIAS WIN IN SINGLES, BUT WOMEN’S TENNIS DROPS MATCH AT ARIZONA 5-2

GULNOVA, LOAIZA ESQUIVIAS WIN IN SINGLES, BUT WOMEN’S TENNIS DROPS MATCH AT ARIZONA 5-2

SACRAMENTO Calif. – Sacramento State women's tennis took the courts for the second straight day as they went up against Arizona Saturday afternoon in Tucson. Despite strong performances by Sofia Gulnova and Ana Loaiza Esquivias, the Hornets fell to the Wildcats 5-2.

Gulnova, who took the court in the number four singles position, won her second match in as many days, defeating Arizona's Gitte Heynemans in three sets, 6-3, 5-7, 7-5. With the win, Gulnova improved to 2-0 in singles play this weekend after winning her match Friday at NAU. For the season, she is now 5-3, her five wins tied for most on the team with Loaiza Esquivias. 

Loaiza Esquivias picked up the Hornets other point Saturday, winning in the number one singles spot, 6-2, 3-6, 6-2 against Arizona's Mary Lewis. It was a strong bounce back performance for Loaiza Esquivias, who just one day earlier fell to in straight sets at Northern Arizona. She improved to 5-4 in singles play this season.

It was another tough go for the doubles teams, as Sacramento State's pairs of Jenna Dorian/Maria Gonzalez and Gulnova/Sofi Wicker fell 6-0 and 6-1 respectively as Arizona clinched the doubles point. Loaiza Esquivias and teammate Carolina Chernyetsky's match went unfinished with the pair trailing 5-2.

The Hornets will play another road match on Friday, Match 9 at San Jose State before their next home match. Friday's contest against the Spartans is scheduled for 12 noon PT at San Jose Sate.

Arizona 5, Sacramento State 2

Singles competition

1. Ana Loaiza Esquivias (SAC) def. Mary Lewis (ARIZ) 6-2, 3-6, 6-2
2. Camila Wesbrooks (ARIZ) def. Sofi Wicker (SAC) 6-2, 6-4
3. Marie Van Aelst (ARIZ) def. Maria Gonzalez (SAC) 6-4, 6-4
4. Sofia Gulnova (SAC) def. Gitte Heynemans (ARIZ) 6-3, 5-7, 7-5
5. Talya Zandberg (ARIZ) def. Jenna Dorian (SAC) 6-3, 2-6, 6-3
6. Sophia Thomas (ARIZ) def. Carolina Chernyetsky (SAC) 6-0, 6-4

Doubles competition 

1. Mary Lewis/Marie Van Aelst (ARIZ) vs. LOAIZA ESQUIVIAS, A./CHERNYETSKY, C. (SAC) 5-2, unfinished
2. Paris Corley/Camila Wesbrooks (ARIZ) def. Maria Gonzalez/Jenna Dorian (SAC) 6-0
3. Gitte Heynemans/Sophia Thomas (ARIZ) def. Sofi Wicker/Sofia Gulnova (SAC) 6-1

Match Notes:
Arizona: 8-5, 0-0 Pac 12
Sacramento State: 2-7, 2-1 Big Sky 

Order of finish:
Doubles (2,3); Singles (6,2,1,3,5,4)