SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Despite nearly clinching a tightly contested doubles point, Sacramento State fell on the road in their season opener at San Diego State Sunday afternoon.
The Hornets women's tennis team split their first two doubles matches with San Diego State on Sunday as the duo of Maria Gonzalez and Jenna Dorian cruised to a 6-1 win in the number two doubles position. The doubles point came down to the number ones as Carolina Chernyetsky and Jayden Nielsen battled fiercely against San Diego State's Jenny Moinard and Shakhnoza Khatamova.
The match was forced to a tiebreaker before San Diego State finally ended the battle, winning 7-6 (7-4), and securing the doubles point for the Aztecs.
Unfortunately for the Hornets, the toll of the doubles contests worked in San Diego State's favor as the Hornets fell into a hole that they could not climb out of.
"In doubles, I thought we played great and had chances to clinch the point," said head coach Cami Hubbs after the team's season-opener. "Unfortunately, after San Diego State took the point, they carried all of the momentum of the match into singles and we just couldn't catch back up."
Gonzalez, after winning her doubles match with her partner Dorian, had another strong match in singles. Playing as the Hornets' number two on Sunday, Gonzalez went to a tiebreaker in her first set before falling to the Aztecs' Moinard, 7-6 (7-3), 6-1. It was the Hornets most closely contested match of the afternoon.
With the loss, the Hornets fall to 0-1 to open the 2019 season of Sacramento State women's tennis. Last year, Sacramento State got off to a slow start, beginning the season with three non-conference losses, but excelled in Big Sky play, finishing third in the conference with a 9-2 record in league.
Sacramento State next plays a week from today when they travel to San Francisco to take on the USF Dons in the Bay Area. In fact, each of the Hornets' first five matches will take place on the road. The full 2019 schedule is available online at HornetSports.com.