MISSOULA, Mont. - The Sacramento State women's tennis team opened their weekend road trip with a decisive 7-0 win over Montana on Saturday morning. The team improved to 3-2 in Big Sky Conference play with the win.
The road win is the third of the season for Sacramento State, who also have wins at North Dakota and Northern Colorado, both Big Sky Conference opponents. The win also comes just two days after a tough 7-0 defeat at home to Idaho, another Big Sky foe. Thursday's loss was Sacramento State's second straight loss to a Big Sky opponent.
"This was a very nice road win for us," said head coach Cami Hubbs following the match. "Each player competed today for every point and the results showed that."
The Hornets started off on the right foot in doubles play as the pair of Ana Loaiza Esquivias and Jenna Dorian won the first match of the morning, 6-3. The Lady Grizz responded by winning the second doubles match, 6-3, before the team of Shamika Dhar and Frana Ugarkovic countered with a thrilling 7-5 win to clinch the doubles point.
Although Montana put up some resistance, it was all Sacramento State in singles play. Loaiza Esquivias gave Sacramento State their second point, winning at the number one singles position in straight sets, 6-3, 6-4. Sofi Wicker, playing in the number three position, made it 3-0 Hornets with a strong 6-3, 6-3 win.
From there, freshman Jenna Dorian clinched the match, giving Sacramento State their fourth point with a dominant 6-0, 6-2 win from the fifth position. Gonzalez and Sofia Gulnova each won their matches in the second and fourth slots, respectively, in three sets, while Dhar closed the match with a win in straight sets.
Tennis continues tomorrow as the Hornets travel to Bozeman for a Sunday morning match up at Montana State. The match will start at 9:00 am PT tomorrow morning.
Sacramento State 7, Montana 0
Ana Loaiza Esquivias (SAC) def. Julia Ronney (UM), 6-3, 6-4
Maria Gonzalez (SAC) def. Cam Kincaid (UM), 6-4, 2-6, 7-5
Sofi Wicker (SAC) def. Nathalie Joanlanne (UM), 6-3, 6-3
Sofia Gulnova (SAC) def. Bianca Bostrom (UM), 5-7, 6-2, 7-6(5)
Jenna Dorian (SAC) def. Lidia Dukic (UM), 6-0, 6-2
Shamika Dahr (SAC) def. Eimear Maher (UM), 6-3, 7-5
Cam Kincaid/Bianca Bostrom (UM) def. Carolina Chernyetsky/Maria Gonzalez (SAC), 6-3
Ana Loaiza Esquivias/Jenna Dorian (SAC) def. Julia Ronney/Nathalie Joanlanne (UM), 6-3
Shamika Dhar/Frana Ugarkovic (SAC) def. Catherine Orfanos/Eimear Maher (UM), 7-5
Sacramento State, 4-9 (3-2 BSC)
Montana, 6-8 (2-5 BSC)
Order of Finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (1,3,5,2,4,6)