Vikings hit the road for a pair of duels in California
PORTLAND, Ore. – The Portland State women’s tennis team travels to California this week to take on San Diego Christian College on Thursday, Feb. 3 (2 p.m.) and Point Loma on Friday, Feb. 4 (10 a.m.).
The Vikings head into Thursday’s matchup against the Hawks after a 1-2 start to the season. Last Friday, PSU suffered a heartbreaking 3-4 loss to Crosstown rivals Portland before bouncing back on Saturday to claim their first victory of the season with a. Linfield 7-0 sweep.
PSU have won the doubles point in two of their three matches. Leading the group with a perfect 3-0 record, the seniors Emily Rees and freshman Mariajose Hernandez Coronado at the No. 2 position. The duo lost just five games, outscoring their opponents 18-5.
After two consecutive victories in doubles, this is the second year Capu Sanoner and freshman Nika Beuker in the No. 1 spot. Last weekend, the duo cruised to a 6-3 win over Portland on Friday before capping it all with a dominating 6-1 loss to Linfield on Saturday.
The Vikings head into Thursday with nine singles wins under their belt, including four coming from Rees and Beukers. After opening the season with a three-set loss to Oregon, Beukers has dominated since, knocking out their last two opponents in four straight sets, including a 6-0, 6-0 win over Linfield’s Sarah Forester.
The game against Linfield on Saturday was full of firsts. Second year transfer Maddie Egan picked up his first career victory at No. 1 in singles (7-5, 6-1), while Hernandez Coronado notched his first collegiate victory 6-4, 6-1 at No. 6. Also finding his rhythm in his first singles wins of the year were comebacks Jacinta Milenkoski and Makoto Ohara.
The Sea Lions will open their 2022 campaign on February 2 against Cal State Fullerton, two days before their game against the Vikings. Eight players return from a team that went 7-9 last season, including five starters. Curt Wheeler leads them into his eighth season at the helm.
Saturday will mark only the second meeting between these two teams, the first having taken place a year ago. Point Loma holds a 1-0 series lead, having beaten a shorthanded Vikings team on March 26, 2021, 4-0.
San Diego Christian
On Thursday, the Hawks will open their season against the Vikings, having been ranked No. 17 in the NAIA preseason poll. They finished last season with an impressive 12-3 record and sport an experienced roster with five top class men. They are led by third-year head coach Greg Failla.
The Vikings and Hawks will meet for the first time in program history Thursday in Ramona, Calif.