GAINSVILLE, Fla. – Cal State Fullerton fought hard, but wasn't able to hang with No. 3 Florida, as the defending champions took down the Titans 4-0, Saturday morning in the opening round of the ITA Kickoff Weekend.
At No. 2 doubles spot, the tandem of Genevieve Zeidan and Makiba Makabo took on the pair of Josie Kuhlman and McCartney Kessler and were defeated 6-1. Meanwhile, at No. 1 doubles, Karla Portalatin and Sarah Nuno struggled to secure a point as they too fell to Anna Danilina and Victoria Emma 6-4. Danielle Pham and Jadie Acidera took on Katie Kubicz and Peggy Porter but did not finish because the Gators had already secured the doubles point.
Singles play proved to be a struggle as well, as Zeidan took on the No. 8 ranked Anna Danilina at No. 1 singles. Danilina defeated Zeidan 6-1, 6-3 and earned the first singles point for the Gators. Danielle Pham faced off against Peggy Porter and dropped the match 6-0, 6-2 on court six. Match point was decided minutes later when Sarah Nuno lost to #30 Josie Kuhlman, 6-0, 6-3 on court four. The season opener for Florida proved to be a good one as they took down Fullerton 4-0.
The Titans will face off against Marshall in a consolation match on Sunday beginning at 7:00 a.m. PT.
#1 – Anna Danilina / Victoria Emma (UF) def. Karla Portalatin / Sarah Nuno(CSF) – 6-4
#2 – Josie Kuhlman / McCartney Kessler (UF) def. Masako Makiba / Genevieve Zeidan (CSF) – 6-1
#3 – Peggy Porter / Katie Kubicz vs Danielle Pham / Acidera – DNF, 4-3
Florida won Doubles Point
Order of Finish: 2, 1
#1 – #8 Anna Danilina def. #103 Genevieve Zeidan – 6-1, 6-3
#2 – #30 Josie Kuhlman def. Sarah Nuno – 6-0, 6-3*
#3 – Victoria Emma def. Karla Portalatin – DNF, 5-7, 2-2
#4 – McCartney Kessler vs Luxizi Meng – DNF, 6-2, 4-4
#5 – Katie Kubicz vs Caisey Lee Emery – DNF, 6-7, 0-0
#6 – Peggy Porter def. Danielle Pham – 6-0, 6-2
Order of Finish: 1, 6, 2*
SUPPORT THE TITANS!
Fans can purchase tickets for various Cal State Fullerton athletic events by visiting FullertonTitans.com/Tickets. The Athletic Ticket Office can also be contacted by phone at 657-278-2783 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. The Ticket Office is located at the Titan House off of Gymnasium Drive at the eastern end of the Intramural Fields and is open from 10 am – 4 pm PT, Monday – Friday.
FOLLOW THE TITANS
Fans can keep up with the latest in Titans athletics by following us on Facebook (@FullertonTitans), Twitter (@FullertonTitans), and Instagram (@FullertonTitans) and Snapchat (FullertonTitans). In addition, the women's tennis team has established its own official Twitter page (@CSUFTennis), Facebook Page (@CSFWomensTennis), Instagram (@CSUFTennis) and Snapchat (CSUFTennis).