Women’s tennis dominates on Senior Day

The Sonoma State Women’s tennis team played host to Holy Names at the SSU Tennis Courts in Rohnert Park this Saturday in their second to last home match of the regular season. 

The Seawolves came out victorious with an 8-1 win. 

In singles play, five of Sonoma State’s girls were triumphant in their matches.  Celma and Martinez shut out their opponents in each of their matches to clinch the overall win for their team. 

Sara Celma defeated Lamella Belgica 6-0, 6-0. Leire Martinez defeated Jessica Ho 6-0, 6-0. Kaitlyn Haithcock defeated Taylor Barajas 6-0, 7-5. Sheena Johnson defeated Jasmine Martinez 6-3, 6-0. Lauren Ha defeated Prisilla Cobian 6-4, 6-0. 

In Holy Names’ only victory of the day, Lexi Blevins defeated Spencer Trotta 7-5, 6-3, snapping Trotta’s fourth match win streak in a hard fought battle.

In doubles competition, Holy Names couldn’t prevent the Seawolves duos from going undefeated. Celma teamed up with Haithcock to defeat Jessica Ho and Taylor Barajas 8-2. Martinez and Ha defeated the team of Jasmine Martinez and Lexi Blevins 8-1. 

Johnson and Geri Richards secured the third victory for Sonoma State, defeating Lamella Belgica and Prisilla Cobian 8-3.

Because it was Senior Day, Sonoma State held a short ceremony to honor seniors Celma, Ha, Johnson, Richards, and Trotta before the match began. 

Celma has begun to wrap up a very successful 2014 season being ranked number eight in the region, following a fantastic 2013 season in which she had a record of 20-3 in singles play and 16-6 in doubles play, defeated a nationally ranked player in single and also doubles, and for seven matches was the number 11 ranked regional player in her first season with Sonoma State.

With Saturday’s victory, the Seawolves improve their record to 15-6, making them the 35th ranked team nationally, and ninth ranked team regionally. Holy Names’ record falls to 6-9 with the loss.

The ‘Wolves will host Notre Dame de Namur in their final home match of the season to try to keep their hot streak rolling heading into the Pacific West Conference Tournament in Phoenix that will begin April 17 and continue through April 19.