Tennis team split weekend matchups

After a rainy forecast cancelled the Sonoma State University women’s tennis team’s first match of the season against Holy Names and being shutout in their second scheduled match against UC Davis, the team was really hoping for some literal and metaphorical sunshine this weekend in their first two home matches.

“As a senior, I can say I have never experienced this much rain during my four years here at Sonoma State,” Karlee Budge said. “Despite the weather, our team has been working relentlessly, whether it be conditioning at the rec or driving to Santa Rosa to play indoors. We always find a way, which is something that makes our team unique.”

Saturday afternoon, Mills College traveled up from Oakland to face off against the Seawolves. It was an extremely successful endeavor in the Seawolves’ favor, as they completely swept them 9-0 to claim their first win of the young season. The Seawolves’ lineup consisted of Jensyn Warren, Jordyn Kearney, Amanda Zuidema, Jenna DeTurk, Budge, and Hillary Fazekas. Each player won their singles match 6-0, while only losing one game in their three doubles matches.

“Our team has been a bit skeptical about how our season is going to play out due to the fact that we have been dealing with several injuries within our team,” Budge said. “Once again we have managed to overcome that obstacle and are training to become the strong and tenacious team that we turn out to be each year.”

After a nice confidence boosting shutout on Saturday, the 22nd ranked Seawolves headed back out to the SSU tennis courts Sunday afternoon to take on the 25th ranked Academy of Art. This match was stronger competition for the Seawolves, as they would eventually be bested 3-6 by the Academy of Art. They changed their lineup slightly, as they sent out Warren, Kaitlyn Haithcock, Zuidema, Kearney, Katherine Long, and DeTurk. Warren was the only Seawolf to walk away victorious in their singles matches. She defeated Academy of Art’s Monika Stanikova 6-3, 6-4. Haithcock showed fierce competition, falling to AAU’s Maria Andrisani 6-4, 6-4. Zuidema fell to AAU’s Annika Schneider 7-6 (7-5), 6-0. Kearney fell to AAU’s Klara Thell-Lenntorp 6-2, 6-2.  AAU’s Paula Alcantara defeated Long 6-0, 6-3, and finally AAU’s Alma Thell-Lenntorp bested DeTurk 6-4, 6-1.

The Seawolves had better luck in doubles competition, as Fazekas and Long paired up to defeat Stanikova and Schneider 9-7. Zuidema and DeTurk also performed very well, as they came out on top of Andrisani and Alcantara 8-3. Warren and Kearney didn’t have as much luck, as Alma and Klara Thell-Lenntorp bested them 8-1.

“These kinds of matches are exactly what our team needs to groom us for the tough season we have ahead.” Budge said.

The Seawolves fall to 1-2 on the season, and will playnext at 4 p.m. Thursday against BYU-Hawaii in the Holua Tennis Challenge in Kona, Hawaii.