Herd Tennis Drops Consolation Match to Cal State Fullerton
Marhuenda picks up first career dual match win
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Freshman Ana Marhuenda recorded her first career singles dual match win, but it was not enough as the Marshall women’s tennis team dropped a 4-1 decision to Cal State Fullerton in the consolation match at the ITA Kick-Off Weekend.
“We dug ourselves a big hole in the beginning. We’ve gotten off to a slow start in both matches this season,” head coach John Mercer said. “I did like our competitiveness coming back and working our way back into the matches, but we need to get off to a better start.”
After picking up the doubles point against ULM in the first match of the season, the Herd dropped the doubles point against the Titans. Stephanie Smith and Marija Bogicevic fell to Sarah Nuno and Karla Portalatin, 6-3, while Anna Smith and Marhuenda lost to Danielle Pham and Jadie Acidera, 6-2. Maddie Silver and Brooke Lashway were trailing against Masako Makiba and Genevieve Zeidan, 5-4, but their match went unfinished.
Marhuenda quickly evened the match for the Herd in singles play with a 6-4, 6-3 straight-sets victory over Pham, but that was all the scoring the Herd would have for the day.
“I’m very happy for Ana (Marhuenda), who won her match in straight sets. She did a really good job and played a smart match. We look for her to continue to improve as the season goes along,” Mercer said.
Lashway dropped a 7-5, 6-2 decision to Caisey Lee Emery in the only other straight-sets match. The Herd forced three sets in the other four matches,but dropped the first two to end the day. Stephanie Smith lost to Nuno after taking the second set, 6-0, 3-6, 6-3. Silver’s loss to Zeidan, 6-3, 4-6, 6-1, clinched the match for Cal State Fullerton. Bogicevic continued her strong start to the season, as she was ahead of Portalatin, 3-6, 6-4, 3-2, when the match went unfinished. Ann Smith had just forced a third set against Luxizi Meng when the Titans won the overall match.
“Hopefully we can take some of the things that we learned this weekend and translate them to success next weekend at Minnesota,” Mercer said.
The Herd is back in action Saturday when it takes on Minnesota at the Golden Gophers’ Courtside Classic.