The nationally ranked no.17 Sonoma State University women’s tennis team took down Dominican University over the weekend, winning 8-1. After weather conditions cancelled both games the prior weekend, the Seawolves determined to pull out another victory on Senior Day. The program honored five seniors from Sonoma State—Mariann Bukich, Karlee Budge, Jordyn Kearney, Kaitlyn Haithcock, and Hillary Fazekas—prior to the matches played on Friday.
On Friday afternoon, Sonoma State took on Dominican in hopes of advancing their record and continuing the team’s three-game winning streak. The Seawolves’ lineup consisted of Jensyn Warren, Amanda Zuidema,Haithcock, Budge, Kearney, Katherine Long, Jenna DeTurk and Fazekas. In the singles competition, the Seawolves were on fire and won all but one of the six matches. Sonoma State kept the momentum going and managed to win all three of its doubles matches. This left the Dominican Penguins unable to answer and in an 8-1 defeat against the Sonoma State Seawolves.
Sonoma State came out strong and prepared to fight, even after having a 7-2 win under its belt over the Penguins earlier in the season. The Seawolves were ruthless and only allowed one extra set in just two matches. Warren took down Dominican’s Skyler Schaar 7-5, 6-1. After her win, Rickimae Torres from Dominican defeated Sonoma’s Zuidema with an outcome of 6-1, 1-6, 6-4. Haithcock triumphantly followed, beating Brooke Briseno 6-2, 6-0. Sonoma State’s Kearney held strong against Alex Wartenberg and won 3-6, 6-3, 6-2. With two matches to go, Long battled Solveig Karlsen for a successful win for the Seawolves 6-2, 6-3. Budge finished her close match with a victory against Cori Beeby 6-4, 6-3.
“During the first set I was not playing my game and in the second set I tried my hardest to be as positive as I could and play my game, which was staying consistent and working the point to see how she responded,” Kearney said. “From there, I was able to take control of the match again.”
The Seawolves had a perfect record in the doubles competition, winning all three matches. Warren and Kearney teamed up to defeat Briseno and Skyler Schaar from Dominican 8-2. Sonoma kept the momentum going with Zuidema and DeTurk, who fought hard to win 8-2 against the Penguins’ Wartenberg and Torres. Budge and Fazekas played against Karlsen and Beeby in the third doubles match, where the two Seawolves were able to pull out a solid win, 8-2.
“It was our Senior Day and the last match that I would ever play at Sonoma State University, so I went in with mentality to have fun with the match and enjoy myself as much as possible,” Budge said. “I just stayed consistent, played my game and did what I needed to do to clinch the match.”
Sonoma State looks forward to playing in the PAC West Conference on April 20 in Surprise, Arizona. With this victory against Dominican University, Sonoma State improved their record of 11-6 and kept their national ranking of No.17 and regional ranking of No.5.