Sonoma State University’s women’s tennis team came out to play over the weekend, dominating Holy Names 8-1 in the series. After multiple matches being cancelled earlier in the season due to rainy weather, the Seawolves prepared to leave it all on the court, which is just what they did on Saturday afternoon.
The Seawolves’ lineup consisted of Jensyn Warren, Amanda Zuidema, Jordyn Kearney, Kaitlyn Haithcock, Katherine Long, Karlee Budge, Jenna DeTurk and Hillary Fazekas. In the singles competition, the Seawolves managed to win all but one of the six matches. Sonoma gave the Holy Names Hawks no remorse as they won all three of their doubles matches. This left the Hawks in an undeniable 8-1 deficit to the Seawolves.
Budge was scheduled to take on Holy Names Hawk Julia Golub in the singles competition.
“I have played Julia in the past and last time our match came down to a tie breaker. I went into my match with her last weekend knowing that I had to give my 100 percent effort no matter what and to stay aggressive throughout the entire match,” Budge said. “Playing against someone with her style of play requires a lot of patience and resilience. It is safe to say I reached my goal by winning in straight sets.”
Sonoma State held strong throughout the singles competition and only lost one match to the Hawks.
Budge took down Julia Golub 6-2, 6-2. After her win, Haithcock defeated Taylor Barajas with the same outcome of 6-2, 6-2.Long triumphantly followed, beating Rutendo Gwaze 6-2, 6-1. Zuidema held strong against Dominique Ernst and won 6-1, 6-2. With two matches to go, Warren battled Jahan Bayramova for a successful win for the Seawolves 6-3, 6-2. Unfortunately it was not a clean sweep for the Seawolves; the Hawks’ Eliza McKean defeated Kearney 6-3, 6-4.
The Seawolves had a perfect record in the doubles competition, winning all three matches. Warren and Kearney teamed up to defeat Gwaze and McKean from Holy Names 8-2. Sonoma kept the momentum going with Zuidema and DeTurk, who fought hard to win 8-3 against Ernst and Bayramova. Long and Fazekas played the last doubles match against Marlayna Durant and Barajas, where the two Seawolves were able to pull out a win 8-1.
With the games cancelled on Sunday against Nevada due to the rainy forecast, Sonoma State looks forward to playing Dixie State on the Seawolves’ turf at 11 a.m. on Friday in hopes of continuing their winning streak.
“Dixie State is a team that always comes ready to fight, which makes them fierce competition. My game plan is to remain positive during my match and to stay focused and determined to win,” Budge said. “As a team, we pride ourselves on giving our 100 percent effort no matter what the circumstance may be, which is part of the reason we have come to be so successful.” With this victory against Holy Names, Sonoma State has jumped the national rankings and now sits as the 17th ranked team in the nation.