DENVER - The University of Denver women's tennis squad's upset bid was foiled by No. 59 Sacramento State on Saturday night as the Hornets escaped with a 4-3 win at CAC-Monaco.
"It was a very close match today," head coach Jeremy Wurtzman said. "We have to learn from this match and turn it around for the conference tournament next week. We have played a tough schedule all season to prepare us as we battle for the title in Texas."
The sophomore duo of Elena Najera (San Diego, Calif.) and Natalie Dunn (Fort Collins, Colo.) teamed up to win at No. 3 doubles (8-6), but the Pioneers (11-10) fell in the other two doubles matches, giving the Hornets (14-9) the 1-0 advantage to open the evening.
Sophomore Caroline Schnell (Greenwood Village, Colo.) won 6-1, 6-3 over SSU's Sophie Lohscheidt at No. 3 singles to claim the Pioneers first point of the match. Junior Steffi Rath (Hochst, Austria) added a 7-5, 7-5 victory over Maria Meliuk at No. 5 singles, and Dunn defeated Andrea Gomez Carus 7-5, 6-3 at No. 6 singles to give Denver its other two points.
The Pioneers will begin postseason play on Thursday in the Sun Belt Conference Tournament in Denton, Texas.
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