Women’s tennis off to best start in history

They can’t stop and they won’t stop. The Sonoma State University women’s tennis team remains undefeated after its two matches over the weekend. The No. 26-ranked team in the country dominated with a pair of 9-0 victories over the weekend.

The Seawolves left the mark of perfection on its opponent, Dominican University, in San Rafael this weekend after the clean sweep.

Freshman Jensyn Warren has led the way in the Seawolves historic run so far and has been rewarded. 

Warren was named Pac-West women’s tennis athlete of the week. Quite the honor for the young Seawolf star. 

“It felt pretty amazing especially being a freshman. I’m proud of myself for what I’ve accomplished so far this season,” said Warren. “I couldn’t have done any of it without such an amazing team and coaches.” 

Sonoma State got off to a fast start with impressive wins in doubles play. This led them to an early 3-0 lead. Players Karlee Budge and Katherine Long prevailed in their matches with easy 6-0, 6-0 wins at number five and number six singles. Sophomore Amanda Zuidema also had a great match as she piled it on with 6-0, 6-1 victories at number four. Jensyn Warren then added her 6-2, 6-4 wins to amp up the score 8-0. 

To wrap up the shutout, Kaitlyn Haithcock rallied in number three singles play. She started with a 6-1 first-set loss, followed by a 6-2 win in the second set, then beating her opponent 10-6 to secure the ninth and final point for her team.

The best just kept getting better as the Seawolves hosted their a match against Stanislaus on Sunday, where they yet again walked away with a 9-0 victory. 

Sonoma State started off with a bang in doubles play, giving them a 3-0 lead. Players Zuidema and Hillary Fazekas got the Seawolves on the board with an 8-2 win at number two. Budge and Haithcock proceeded to add to that score with an 8-5 win at number three. Partners Warren and Jordyn Kearney improved 6-0 in dual matches with an 8-6 sweep at number one doubles.     

The Seawolves excelled in  singles play on Sunday as well. Haithcock achieved a 6-3, 6-2 win at number three to once again cap the match for Sonoma State. 

“My favorite part of this game was beating my opponent in straight sets, when in past years it has usually taken a third set to win,” said Haithcock. “So it was nice to see my improvement that I have made throughout the years.” 

Zuidema managed a 6-2, 6-1 defeat at number four, along with Kearney’s 6-0, 6-1 victory at number two. Both Kearney and Warren remain undefeated in singles play. Budge wrapped up the 9-0 win for the Seawolves when she sent her opponent packing with a 6-4, 6-4 at number one victory.

The Sonoma State women’s tennis team has remained undefeated in their first seven games of the 2016 season. This is the best start in program history. The Seawolves have shutout their opponents five times this season, and continue to outscore other teams, 58-5. 

“It feels like we have deserved to be in the top 20 nationwide. We’ve worked hard for it, and each and every one of us has made an impact in our ranking,” said Warren. “We’re all getting better at the net, and better under pressure.” 

Sonoma State is scheduled to host their next game against Concordia-Irvine Thursday at 10 a.m.