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WOMEN’S TENNIS OPENS SEASON WITH TWO-MATCH WEEKEND IN FRESNO

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Sacramento State women’s tennis (0-0) will open the 2021 season this weekend with a road trip to Fresno, California, to face the BYU Cougars (3-0) and the Fresno State Bulldogs (1-0) as part of a four-team weekend invitational. Also participating, though not on the Hornets’ schedule, are the Cal Poly Mustangs (0-0). 

Sacramento State’s first match of the 2021 season is set for Friday, Feb. 5 at 4 p.m. PST against the Cougars. The team will play again the next day, Saturday, Feb. 6, at 1 p.m. PST against the host Bulldogs. 

About The Cougars

This weekend is BYU’s first road trip of the season. The Cougars enter this weekend’s action with a 3-0 overall record. Last weekend, the Cougars hosted Dixie State for back-to-back matches and came away with clean 7-0 sweeps in both. The Cougars, now 3-0, are looking for their first 4-0 start since the 2012-13 season. BYU’s first win of the season came against a familiar foe, the Weber State Wildcats. The Cougars beat the Wildcats, 6-1, also at home in Provo, Utah. 

Sacramento State and BYU have faced each other just once, a postseason NCAA Tournament match in 2005. Then #21 BYU defeated the Hornets, 4-1.

About the Bulldogs

The Fresno State Bulldogs host this weekend’s action sporting a 1-0 record, having just played their first match of the season this past Wednesday. The Bulldogs defeated the visiting Fresno Pacific Sunbirds in convincing fashion, 7-0. Fresno State will face BYU Friday morning before taking on the Hornets on Saturday afternoon.  

Fresno State finished the shortened 2020 season with a 7-7 overall record and had not yet played a Mountain West Conference match at the time the season ended. 

Sacramento State and Fresno State have faced each other 19 times since the start of the Div. I era of Hornets women’s tennis (1991). Sacramento State is 5-14 all-time against the Bulldogs, including the program’s most recent match, a 6-1 Hornets loss in 2017 at home. The two schools have faced each other twice in the NCAA Tournament, as well, with the Bulldogs winning on both occasions. 

2020 In Short

Sacramento State wrapped up the pandemic-shortened 2020 season with a 2-9 overall record, but were undefeated in Big Sky Conference play at 1-0. The Hornets split their time evenly on the road and at home last season, going 1-4 at the Sacramento State Tennis Courts and 1-5 overall on the road. Sacramento State did not play on a neutral court in 2020.

Returners and Newcomers

The Hornets return seven players from last year’s squad, including returning singles wins leader, senior Ege Tomey, who finished 3-6 a year ago. Ege had most of her success at the number two position, where she was 3-1. Also back is senior captain Frana Ugarkovic, the longest tenured Hornet on the roster.

In total, Sacramento State returns four starters from last year’s squad. In addition to Tomey, the Hornets return junior Jayden Nielsen, sophomore Grace Dodd, and sophomore Tsveti Yotova

Paige Alter led the Hornets with 5 singles wins a season ago, but the New Zealand-native is one of two to not return for the 2021 season, instead opting out for the year. Jenna Dorian is the other to not return.

Sacramento State added just one newcomer to its ranks this offseason, freshman Jin Yu of Portland, Oregon.

– For complete Women’s Tennis Weekly Notes, CLICK HERE.

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