Vikings open Big Sky game in Idaho, Weber State

PORTLAND, Ore. – The Portland State women’s tennis team will launch their 2022 Big Sky slate on the road this weekend. The Vikings play Idaho State in Pocatello on Friday (1 p.m. PT) before facing Weber State in Ogden on Sunday (10 a.m. PT).

PSU heads into conference play at 4-4 after eight non-conference matchups to open the season. Three of the Viking’s four losses have come to a single point, including last Friday’s 4-3 loss to Pac-12 foes Colorado.

The Vikings clinched the first point against the Buffs but were unable to pull off three singles wins to secure the victory. Maddie Egan picked up a 6-3, 6-4 win at No. 6 before Capu Sanoner clinched the final win of the day for the Vikings at No. 1 (7-5, 6-3).

On Tuesday, Sanoner was named Big Sky Women’s Tennis Player of the Week for the second week in a row following her 2-0 performance against CU. The Sophomore is getting into conference play with three career Big Sky Weekly Honors under her belt.

Since its season-opening loss to Oregon, Portland State has won all seven doubles points while outscoring opponents 31-12. Nika Beuker and Sanoner are 5-1 in first place, picking up wins in their last five games. Emily Rees and Mariajose Hernandez Coronado lead the group with a 6-0 record this season, including four in second place.

Beukers was solid through eight games for the Vikings despite a singles loss in his last outing. The rookie is a combined 11-3, with seven doubles wins. Hanging on to a 4-2 singles record, Beukers picked up wins at four different positions heading into the conference opener.

Egan and Hernandez Coronado also recorded four singles wins. Egan has won three straight games while Hernandez Coronado has won in two of his last three.


IDAHO STATE SCOUTING

After finishing 8-8 in 2021, the Bengals (4-1) are off to a strong start this season. They swept through Dixie State, Colorado Mesa and College of Idaho while beating Utah State 4-3. The ISU has won three straight since losing its only game of the season to Utah 5-2. The Bengals were picked eighth in the Big Sky 2022 preseason poll.

Friday will be the first meeting between the two teams since March 7, 2020, when the Vikings won 6-1 over the Bengals. PSU follows the 8-11 all-time series.


WEBER STATE SCOUTING

After going 8-11 last season, the Wildcats entered 2022 ranked second in Big Sky’s preseason poll. They go into the weekend sitting 4-4, picking up wins over Nevada and Colorado Mesa in their final two meetings. The Wildcats take on Northern Arizona on Friday before hosting the Vikings on Sunday.

Portland State trails the all-time series 3-16. Weber State has won five in a row, the last victory being in 2019, 6-1.

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