AFTER MONTH-LONG LAYOFF, WOMEN’S TENNIS RETURNS WITH POSTSEASON ON THE LINE



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SACRAMENTO, Calif. – It’s been a month since Sacramento State last took to the courts, but the team is back in action this weekend with the postseason on the line. The Hornets will face the Idaho State Bengals and Weber State Wildcats this weekend as all three teams compete for one remaining spot in the Big Sky Women’s Tennis Championship.

Coming Up This Week

After another long layoff, the Sacramento State women’s tennis team (1-12) will play twice this week as they travel to Pocatello, Idaho and Ogden, Utah, to take on the Idaho State Bengals (7-8, 0-2 Big Sky) and Weber State Wildcats (6-10) Big Sky). 

 

Saturday’s match against the Bengals will start at 10 am MT/9 am PT while Sunday’s contest with the Wildcats is slated for a 1 pm MT/12 pm PT start.

 

Postseason on the Line

With only three or four conference matches for all teams across the league, the postseason is still very much in play for the Hornets and all Big Sky teams.

 

The 2021 Big Sky Women’s Tennis Championships will feature four teams, the top two from each the North and South divisions.  A member of the South Division, the Hornets have a chance at the tournament with two wins this weekend.

 

Postseason Picture

Heading into the final weekend of the regular season, Sacramento State is one of three teams in the Big Sky’s South Division battling for a postseason spot. Northern Arizona (8-4, 3-0 Big Sky) has locked up the division’s top seed, while the Hornets, Idaho State (0-2), and Weber State (1-1) are all vying for the second postseason position. 

 

Against the Bengals

Saturday’s match against the Idaho State Bengals will be the 22nd between the two programs since 1992, the first year of Div. I women’s tennis at Sacramento State. In that time, the Hornets hold a commanding 18-3 all-time series record against the Bengals. 

 

Sacramento State has not lost to Idaho State since the 1999 season, a 9-0 loss. The Hornets have won 17 straight since then, including seven on the road in Pocatello. The two team’s most recent matchup was a 502 Hornets win in Sacramento.

 

Against The Wildcats

Sunday’s match against the Weber State Wildcats will be the 30th between the two programs since 1992. All-time, Sacramento State holds a 20-9 series advantage, including a dominant 7-0 showing on the road in Ogden. 

Despite the Hornets’ commanding all-time series record against the Wildcats, Weber State has won each of the last two contests, including a 2019 Big Sky Tournament win, 4-0, over the Hornets. Sacramento State’s last win against the Wildcats came in 2018, on the road in Ogden. 

 

Long Layoff

Sacramento State’s Saturday match against Idaho State will be the team’s first game action since a midweek match at CSUN on Wednesday, March 24, a stretch of 30 days.

 

Back-to-Back Matches

After a 30-day break between matches, Sacramento State will dive into back-to-back matches this weekend against Idaho State and Weber State. This weekend’s action will be the sixth time this season that the Hornets compete on back-to-back days.

 

Big Sky Finale

Sacramento State will play its final two Big Sky Conference matches this weekend against the Bengals and Wildcats. In total in 2020, the Hornets will have played just three conference matches. Sacramento State enters this weekend with an 0-1 league record following a 6-1 home loss to Northern Arizona. 

 

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