WOMEN'S TENNIS DROPS CAUSEWAY MATCH, 4-3, DAT UC DAVIS

WOMEN'S TENNIS DROPS CAUSEWAY MATCH, 4-3, DAT UC DAVIS

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- The Sacramento State women's tennis team battled back from an early three-point deficit, but were unable to catch UC Davis, falling 4-3 in the team's final road match of the season. 

Sacramento State (10-12, 8-2 BSC) fell behind 1-0 as the Aggies (15-6, 6-2 BWC) took the doubles point. The duo of sophomore Carolina Chernyetsky and freshman Jenna Dorian took the court at the number one doubles position, but went down 6-3. Shamika Dhar and Maria Gonzalez, playing as the number two doubles team, also lost 6-3 while the pairing of Ana Loaiza Esquivias and Sofi Wicker saw their match go unfinished.

In singles play, UC Davis continued to pull away, jumping out to a 3-0 lead with the first two singles points against Wicker and Dorian in the number three and four singles position, respectively. 

The Hornets scored their first point of the afternoon when Gonzalez, playing in the number two singles spot, defeated her opponent Kristina Breisacher in straight sets, 6-2, 6-3. Loaiza Esquivias made it a 3-2 match, winning her singles match in comeback fashion, 5-7, 6-4, 6-4. 

"The wins by Ana and Maria were both great wins for us and gave us chance to get back into the match," said head coach Cami Hubbs following the match. "Shamika played well, too, with another strong win."

Dhar's win, which came after the Aggies had clinched, was a hard-fought and hard-earned comeback win in three sets, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4. 

"This was a tough match," added Hubbs. "We had opportunities to take control, but UC Davis was just a little bit better today." 

Today's match is the second to last of the season for Sacramento State. The women's tennis team will return to Sacramento for their final match of 2018 tomorrow at the Sacramento State Tennis Courts. They will host Big Sky Conference opponent Portland State. The match is scheduled to being at 10:00 am PDT.