Women’s tennis team back on track

Sonoma State’s nationally-ranked No. 24 women’s tennis team kept racking up points this past weekend with back-to-back 9-0 shutouts against Notre Dame De Namur and Dominican University. 

The day began strong with three pairings as the Seawolves clinched the first two wins 8-0 a piece. The third win was won by default as NDNU made the risky decision to only travel five members of their squad.

The Seawolves were synchronized as all but one of their singles were won by an impressive score of 6-0, 6-0. Sonoma State continued to build their performance and achieve personal records as junior Hillary Fazekas earned her 17th win of the season, sophomore Julie Rea carried on her winning streak to 10, consecutive singles wins and junior Karlee Budge secured her first top of the lineup collegiate match, winning 6-1, 6-0.

“Winning both doubles and singles was definitely a great feeling,” said Budge. “I attribute my wins to staying focused, having a positive attitude, and maintaining high energy even if I made a mistake.” 

Katherine Long and Mariann Bukich contributed to the Seawolves win against the Argonauts in both singles and doubles. 

It was déjà vu in their second match against Dominican as Sonoma State came out strong again with a 3-0 lead in their doubles. Both Long and Rea pushed their momentum forward with 6-0, 6-0 wins in singles and their teammates followed by securing a shutout victory against the Penguins.

Seawolves made history yet again with a perfect 24-0 record over Dominican, the first time since 1997.     

“Our goals were doing everything we practiced on the court each week, making sure we are all present and active on the court,” said junior Jordyn Kearney. “In doubles we all strive to do a lot of crossing and activation with our partners to keep us going.”

Saturday’s game against Division I UC Davis ended the Seawolves shutout streak with a 6-1 defeat. 

Sonoma State struggled to earn numbers for their team until sophomore Amanda Zuidema fought for her straight-set victory 6-2, 6-3 against her Aggie opponent at the No. 4 spot. This win was not enough to drive the Seawolves as they fell short each match afterwards. 

“Playing a high level team like UC Davis is a great learning experience,” said Zuidema. “What we learned from this match can only help us next weekend and against stronger teams in our upcoming conference.” 

Despite the loss, Sonoma State still battled, only allowing their opponent to beat them by a highest of three points in singles. 

“Our team is built of fighters, which is something we pride ourselves on and that has led to many victories in the past,” said Budge. “Giving it all you got really does go a long way.”

The Seawolves go into their final regular season game with a record of 14-6. They hope to secure another win at home Saturday at 12 p.m. before heading to Surprise Ariz. the following weekend to compete in the Pacific West Conference ChampionshipApril 14 through April 16.