SACRAMENTO, Calif. -Throughout the summer, the Sacramento State athletics department will take a look back and honor the student-athletes who have made the biggest impact on their sport over the last 10 years.
The announcements will take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays of each week, and the sports will be announced in alphabetical order. Timeline is below.
To be eligible for an all-decade team, a student-athlete must have played at least one year in their sport between the 2010-11 and 2019-20 academic years.
Today marks the announcement of the men's tennis all-decade team. The squad consists of six players.Clarisse Baca (2008-12).
Clarisse Baca (2008-12)
A four-year Hornet, Clarisse Baca is Sacramento State's all-time doubles win leader and ranks second in most career singles wins. In four seasons, Baca piled up an incredible 73-27 overall doubles record. In singles competition, she finished with a career record of 68-31. Baca had a career year as a junior in 2011, going 20-7 in singles play and 21-5 in doubles competition. Over the course of her career, Baca played up and down the lineup, seeing action in singles play at every spot except the six. She was a perfect 2-0 at number one singles and dominated at number four, going 37-5. In doubles play, Baca was best at the number two position where she finished 43-20 in her career. From Chihuahua, Mexico, Baca was a four-time Big Sky all-conference selection, including a three-time first team pick in 2010, 2011, and 2012.
Tatsiana Kapshai (2010-12)
Tatiana Kapshai is one of just three Hornets to win three or more Big Sky Conference MVP titles, is the only one this decade to do it, and is the only one to do it in each of her three seasons with Sacramento State. Kapshai joined Sacramento State as a sophomore from Minsk, Belarus where she competed at Gymnasium No. 16. In her first year, Kapshai played to a 16-7 singles record (9-3 No. 1) and a dominant 19-4 doubles record (12-1 No. 1). En route to the first of three straight MVP awards. Kapshai never won fewer than 10 singles matches in a season and never fewer than 17 doubles matches. For her career, she was a 42-28 in singles play, including 35-24 at No. 1. In doubles, Kapshai finished her career 55-16, including 43-12 at No. 1 doubles. In addition to her three MVPs, Kapshai was a three-time Big Sky first-team selection, a five-time Big Sky Player of the Week, and a Big Sky all-academic.
Rebeca Delgado (2010-13)
Another four-year star for Sacramento State, Rebeca Delgado is the Hornets' last Big Sky Conference MVP winner, claiming that title at the end of the 2013 season in which she finished 16-10 in both singles and doubles play. Delgado started every match that season at the No. 1 spot in both singles and doubles. For her career, Delgado ranks among the top five in both total singles wins and total doubles wins. She checks in at fifth all-time with 62 career singles wins (62-34) and third all-time with 67 doubles wins (67-26). From Mazatlán, Mexico, Delgado never won fewer than 15 singles matches, including a career-high 16 twice. She also never won fewer than 14 doubles matches and won a career-high 19 as a sophomore in 2011. In addition to earning the league's MVP award following her senior season, Delgado was also a four-time Big Sky Conference first team all-conference selection and a four-time Big Sky Player of the Week.
Jennifer (Nguyen) Ong (2013-16)
A two-time Big Sky first team all-conference selection, Jennifer Ong played four seasons with Sacramento State and was exceptional in doubles competition, playing to a 49-24 career record. While finishing .500 (34-34) overall in singles play, Ong was a force in Big Sky competition. The Wollongong, Australia native was a dominant 24-3 in her career in Big Sky singles matches, including a perfect 10-0 as a freshman in 2013. In doubles play, she was just as excellent, going 19-3 over the course of three seasons, including 9-1 as a senior. Ong had a career year in 2016, playing to an 8-2 singles record and 9-1 doubles mark in Big Sky play. In addition to two first-team selections, Ong was a three-time Big Sky Player of the Week and a three-time Big Sky all-academic.
Alina Soltanici (2014-17)
In three seasons with Sacramento State, Alina Soltanici earned six Big Sky Player of the Week honors, third most in Hornets' history. She earned three of those as a junior in 2016 and another three during her sophomore season in 2015. In addition, Soltanici was a two-time Big Sky all-conference selection, earning a spot on the first team in 2016 after going 16-7 in singles play, all at the number one position, including 9-2 in Big Sky competition. For her career, Soltanici ranks among the top 15 in single wins with a 42-33 career record and is 16th all-time with 39 doubles wins (39-31). In Big Sky only play for her career, Soltanici was an excellent 25-5 in singles in three seasons and 20-8 in doubles competition. In addition to her first team all-conference selection in 2016, Soltanici was a second-team pick in 2015 and a two-time Big Sky all-academic.
Ana Loaiza Esquivias (2015-18)
One of the best of the decade and arguably Sacramento State's best in the last five years, Ana Loaiza Esquivias ranks third in all-time singles wins and checks in among the top 15 in doubles victories. Like Delgado, Loaiza Esquivias also came to Sacramento State from Mazatlán, Mexico. She finished her Hornets career with a 67-26 overall singles record and a 44-36 career record in doubles competition. Loaiza Esquivias was one of the best in the Big Sky during her four-year career, posting a 39-4 singles record in Big Sky competition and a 28-11 mark in doubles play. She was a three-time Big Sky first team all-conference selection, earning a spot in three straight years from 2016-17. In addition, Loaiza Esquivias was a seven-time Big Sky Player of the Week, tied for most such awards in program history. Talented on the court and in the classroom, Loaiza Esquivias was a four-time Big Sky All-Academic.
June 9 - Baseball
June 11 - Men's Basketball
June 16 - Women's Basketball
June 18 - Men's Cross Country
June 23 - Women's Cross Country
June 25 - Football (Defense)
June 30 - Football (Offense)
July 2 - Men's Golf
July 7 - Women's Golf
July 9 - Gymnastics
July 14 - Rowing
July 16 - Men's Soccer
July 21 - Women's Soccer
July 23 - Softball
July 28 - Men's Tennis
July 30 - Women's Tennis
Aug. 4 - Men's Track and Field
Aug. 6 - Women's Track and Field
Aug. 11 - Volleyball