FULLERTON, Calif. --- For the third straight season, Cal State Fullerton opened the year with a victory as the Titans defeated visiting Nevada, 5-2, on Saturday at Titan Tennis Courts.
Fullerton started the match by winning the doubles point as the No. 1 team of Camille De Leon and Alexis Valenzuela clinched the point with a 6-3 victory over Blaga Delic and Sheila Morales. Fullerton's No. 2 doubles team of Sarah Nuno and Karla Portalatin defeated Nevada's Milena Achlamov and Adriana Gergelyova, 6-2, to win the first doubles match of the day.
With a 1-0 lead, Portalatin put the Titans ahead 2-0 with 6-3, 6-4 win over Delic at the No. 4 spot.
Fullerton went on to take a 3-0 advantage as Maskao Makiba edged Achlamov, 7-6(2), 7-5, in the fifth spot of the order.
Nevada responded as 73rd-ranked Sheila Morales came back to defeat Sarah Nuno in three sets, 1-6, 6-4, 6-3, at No. 2 in the lineup.
But Nevada would get no closer as De Leon came from behind to clinch Fullerton's fourth point with a, 6-7(9), 6-3, 6-3 victory over Gergelyova.
Valenzuela upset 66th-ranked Herrero 5-7, 6-4, 6-4 to score Fullerton's fifth and final point.
The Titans return to action at 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, hosting UC San Diego at Titan Tennis Courts.
NOTES: Dating back to 1981, Cal State Fullerton boasts a record of 10-24 in season openers (records are missing for 1983, 1997 and 2000). The Titans are 7-10 at home in season and Fullerton has won its last three season openers…Nevada leads all-time series 4-2.
University of Nevada vs Cal State Fullerton
Jan 21, 2017 at Fullerton, Calif.
(Titan Tennis Courts)
Cal State Fullerton 5, University of Nevada 2
1. Alexis Valenzuela (CSF) def. #66 Claudia Herrero (NV) 5-7, 6-4, 6-4
2. #73 Sheila Morales (NV) def. Sarah Nuno (CSF) 1-6, 6-4, 6-3
3. Camille De Leon (CSF) def. Adriana Gergelyova (NV) 6-7 (0-9), 6-3, 6-3
4. Karla Portalatin (CSF) def. Blaga Delic (NV) 6-3, 6-4
5. Masako Makiba (CSF) def. Milena Achlamov (NV) 7-6 (2-0), 7-5
6. Carlijn Ketting (NV) def. Danielle Pham (CSF) 6-2, 2-6, 6-4
1. Camille De Leon/Alexis Valenzuela (CSF) def. Blaga Delic/Sheila Morales (NV) 6-3
2. Sarah Nuno/Karla Portalatin (CSF) def. Milena Achlamov/Adriana Gergelyova (NV) 6-2
3. Claudia Herrero/Carlijn Ketting (NV) def. Masako Makiba/Danielle Pham (CSF) 6-3
University of Nevada 0-1, 0-0 MWC
Cal State Fullerton 1-0, 0-0 BWC
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (4,5,2,3,6,1)
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