WOMEN’S TENNIS PICKED THIRD IN BIG SKY PRESEASON POLL

WOMEN’S TENNIS PICKED THIRD IN BIG SKY PRESEASON POLL

OGDEN, Utah - The Sacramento State women's tennis team has been picked by the league coaches to finish third in the Big Sky, the conference announced Tuesday.

Sacramento State received 78 points in the 2019 preseason poll as they enter their second season under current head coach Cami Hubbs. Last year, in Hubbs' Big Sky debut season, the Hornets finished with a 9-2 record in league, good for third in the conference.

Last year's regular season Big Sky champion, Northern Arizona, was picked to finish first, receiving 98 total points and eight of 11 possible first place votes. Idaho, who upset Northern Arizona in last year's Big Sky tournament, was next, receiving 93 points and the remaining three first place votes.

The Hornets are seven points ahead of Eastern Washington, who was selected fourth with 71 points. Rounding out the 2019 preseason poll is Weber State (60), Idaho State (57), Southern Utah (47), Montana (37), Montana State (34), Northern Colorado (18), and Portland State (12).

The top six schools in the final regular season standings qualify for the Big Sky Tournament, to be held April 26-28. See the full 2019 preseason poll below.

The Hornets return five starters from last season, including senior Sofi Wicker and redshirt junior Carolina Chernyetsky, who were named team captains earlier this season.

Sacramento State also returns sophomores Maria Gonzalez, Jenna Dorian, and Frana Ugarkovic. As a freshman, Dorian led the team in Big Sky play with a 9-2 singles record.

Making her debut for the Hornets in 2019 is freshman Jayden Nielsen, who joins the program from Port Moody, British Columbia.

Sacramento State opens the 2019 spring season on the road on Jan. 20 at San Diego State and follows that with four more road matches. The Hornets will not play at home until Sat., March 2. When they host San Jose State. For all matches and start times, visit the complete 2018-19 Women's Tennis Schedule online at HornetSports.com.

2019 BIG SKY WOMEN'S TENNIS 
PRESEASON POLL
# Team Points (1st Votes)
1. Northern Arizona 98 (8)
2. Idaho 93 (3)
3. Sacramento State 78
4. Eastern Washington 71
5 Weber State 60
6. Idaho State 57
7. Southern Utah 47
8. Montana 37
9. Montana State 34
10. Northern Colorado 18
11. Portland State 12