Penguins Drop NCAA Contest at Eighth-Seed Florida

Sofia Macias
Sofia Macias

Gainesville, Fla. - The Youngstown State women's tennis team dropped a 4-0 contest to No. 8 seed Florida in the NCAA Regionals on a warm Friday afternoon at the Ring Tennis Complex.

The Penguins had a strong showing at No. 1 doubles as Tamara Teufl and Sofia Macias had a 4-3 lead over 17th-ranked doubles team in the country, Anna Danilina and Victoria Emma. Macias and Teufl fell behind 1-0, before taking a 2-1 lead. After Danilina and Emma tied the contest at two, the Penguins went up 4-2 winning back-to-back points. The Gators won the final point while the matches at No. 2 and No. 3 ended simultaneously.

At No. 2, Noelly Longi Nsimba and Imaan Hassim came out strong winning the first point against Josie Kuhlman and McCartney Kessler. The Gators won the next five points before the Penguins won to make the match 5-2. Florida picked up a 6-2 win in the contest. At No. 3, Cassandra Moraleja and Anastasiia Khokhlova dropped the first point before tying the contest 1-1 against Katie Kubicz and Peggy Porter. However, the Gators won the next five points to win the contest 6-1.

In singles play, YSU hung tough at No. 1, No. 2 and No. 4 singles. The Gators picked up impressive wins at No. 3, No. 5 and No. 6 singles.

At No. 1, Nsimba dropped her first set 6-2 to 18th-ranked Danilina before settling in. Their second set was tied 3-all when the match was clinched. At No. 2, Macias dropped her first set to 52nd-ranked Kuhlman before her second set ended 3-3. Macias jumped out to a 3-1 lead in the second set. At No. 4, Hassim lost to Emma 6-2, 4-2.

The Gators earned a 6-1, 6-1 win at No. 3, a 6-1, 6-1 victory at No. 5 and a 6-0, 6-2 triumph at No. 6. The clinching win came at No. 5 singles.

YSU finishes the year 16-11 while Florida improves to 19-8 and advances to take on rival Florida State in the region final. The 16 wins for the Penguins tie for the third most in school history in a single season.

Florida 4, YSU 0

1. #18 Anna Danilina (UF) vs. Noelly Longi Nsimba (YSU) 6-2, 3-3, unfinished
2. #52 Josie Kuhlman (UF) vs. Sofia Macias (YSU) 6-1, 3-3, unfinished
3. #88 McCartney Kessler (UF) def. Anastasiia Khokhlova (YSU) 6-1, 6-1
4. Victoria Emma (UF) vs. Imaan Hassim (YSU) 6-2, 4-2, unfinished
5. Peggy Porter (UF) def. Tamara Teufl (YSU) 6-1, 6-1
6. Katie Kubicz (UF) def. Cassandra Moraleja (YSU) 6-0, 6-2

1. #17 Anna Danilina/Victoria Emma (UF) vs. Sofia Macias/Tamara Teufl (YSU) 3-4, unfinished
2. Josie Kuhlman/McCartney Kessler (UF) def. Noelly Longi Nsimba/Imaan Hassim (YSU) 6-2
3. Katie Kubicz/Peggy Porter (UF) def. Cassandra Moraleja/Anastasiia Khokhlova (YSU) 6-1