PORTLAND, Ore. – After back-to-back Big Sky victories, the Portland State women’s tennis team will return to action in California this week. The Vikings will take on Pacific (Calif.) on Thursday (1 p.m.) before heading to Sacramento State on Sunday (11 a.m.).
The Vikings are now 7-8 on the season and 2-3 in Big Sky action after winning three of their last four matches.
In arguably the biggest win of the season so far, Portland State defeated Idaho 4-3 on Monday. After taking care of business in doubles action, they clawed their way to three singles victories to clinch the match. Nika Beukers, Makoto Ohara, and Mariajose Hernandez Coronado all cashed in wins for the Vikings.
PSU’s stellar doubles performance continues as they are 10-2 in conference action and 31-11 overall. Emily Rees and Mariajose Hernandez Coronado are 10-1 as a duo and are undefeated against conference opponents. With a 10-2 record at No.1, Beukers and Capu Sanoner are also undefeated in Big Sky play.
On Monday, Rees became the program’s all-time career leader in wins at No. 2 doubles with 17.
With 24-career doubles victories, Sanoner is also on the brink of history, sitting just two wins shy of becoming the program’s winningest No. 1 doubles player.
Mariajose Coronado leads the Vikings in singles action at 9-5. The Guatemala City native is riding a five-match win streak and is 3-1 in Big Sky matches.
The Tigers enter Thursday with a 7-5 record. Like the Vikings, Pacific has won three of their last four duals with wins against New Mexico State, UTEP, and Tarleton State. The Tigers have only won one of their last four doubles points despite their recent success.
Thursday will be the first-ever meeting between the two programs.
SCOUTING SACRAMENTO STATE
After being picked ninth in the Big Sky Preseason Coaches Poll, the Hornets are 1-12 overall and 0-1 in conference action. Their only win came against Grand Canyon, 4-3, on Feb. 12. Sacramento State will take on Idaho State on Saturday before hosting the Vikings.
Despite claiming two of the last three matches, the Vikings trail the all-time series 2-17. The teams haven’t met since 2019 when the Vikings took the match, 4-3.