BOZEMAN, Mont. - It came down to the day's final match, but the Sacramento State women's tennis team picked up another win this weekend as they defeated the Montana Stat Bobcats, 4-3. With the win, the Hornets improve to 4-2 in the Big Sky Conference.
Sacramento State found themselves behind early, dropping the doubles point despite some very exciting matches. The Hornets fell behind ahead first as Carolina Chernyetsky and teammate Maria Gonzalez dropped their match, 6-1. The pair of Frana Ugarkovic and Shamika Dhar evened things at one match a piece, taking the next doubles contest 6-4 over Montana State.
The decisive third doubles match went back and forth, ultimately going to a tiebreaker, before Sacramento State's Ana Loaiza Esquivias and Jenna Dorian fell 7-6(2) to Montana State, giving the Bobcats the first point of the day.
Singles compteition was no different, as the two teams traded points for most of the afternoon. Sacramento State made it a 1-1 match after Sofia Gulnova won the first singles contest of the day in straight sets, 7-5, 6-0, but Montana State pulled ahead again with a win in the next singles match to finish.
The Hornets again pulled even as Loaiza Esquivias picked up a win in the number one singles spot, defeating Montana State's Laura Mary, 3-6, 6-4, 6-4. They took their first lead of the day in the next match after Jenna Dorian cruised past her opponent, 6-2, 6-2.
Montana State wasn't done, however, as their number two singles player Annie Walker gutted out a tough win against Maria Gonzalez, 5-7, 7-6(5), 6-3 to make it a 3-3 match.
The match came down to the number six singles contest between Sacramento State's Shamika Dhar and Montana State's Sarah Cheverie. Dhar dominated the first set, taking it 6-0. the second set proved more difficult, but Dhar held on to win the secon set, 6-4, clinching the match for Sacramento State.
"Overall, this was a fun road match for us," said head coach Cami Hubbs after the contest. "This is the first match of the season that we've had come down to the final match and we handled it very well. Everyone competed hard to get another great conference win."
Sacramento State now has back-to-back conference wins and is 4-2 against Big Sky opponents this season. They won't face another Big Sky team until they host Eastern Washington on Friday, Match 30.
Before that, the Hornets will welcome Cal State Fullerton to Sacramento for a Thursday morning match. The two teams will face off on Thursday, March 29 at 11:00 am.
Sacramento State 4, Montana State 3
- Ana Loaiza Esquivias (SAC) def. MARY, Laura (MSU) 3-6, 6-4, 6-4
- Annie Walker (MSU) def. Maria Gonzalez (SAC) 5-7, 7-6 (7-5), 6-3
- Angelina Philippova(MSU) def. Sofi wicker (SAC) 6-4, 6-3
- Sofia Gulnova (SAC) def. Linda Vink (MSU) 7-5, 6-0
- Jenna Dorian (SAC) def. Enni Zander (MSU) 6-2, 6-2
- Shamika Dhar (SAC) def. Sarah Cheverie (MSU) 6-0, 6-4
- Laura Mary/Annie Walker (MSU) def. Carolina Chernyetsky/Maria Gonzalez (SAC) 6-1
- Angelina Phillipova/Linda Vink (MSU) def. Ana Loaiza Esquivias/Jenna Dorian (SAC) 7-6 (7-2)
- Shamika Dhar/Frana Ugarkovic (SAC) def. Enni Zander/Sarah Chaeverie (MSU) 6-4
Sacramento State: (5-9, 4-2 BSC)
Montana State: (5-7, 2-2 BSC)
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (4,3,1,5,2,6)