Jan. 26, 2013
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- Losses in the number one and two doubles spots proved to be the difference as the Marshall tennis team lost its first contest of the season, 4-3, Saturday at West Virginia.
Marshall fell to 2-1 while WVU improved to 1-1 and ended a stretch of 11 consecutive losses to the Thundering Herd.
MU took points in the one, five, and six singles spots and also saw a victory at three doubles.
Herd senior Dominika Zaprazna came away with a thrilling three-set victory, outlasting WVU number one Audrey Wooland 6-2, 5-7, 6-4.
Freshman Dana Oppinger won a close match in straight sets at five singles by defeating Vivian Tsui 7-6, 6-4.
Senior Kara Kucin, who cruised in her 6-1, 6-2 win, rounded out the scoring for Marshall at six singles.
After taking the doubles point, West Virginia was able to hang on to the victory thanks to strong performances from Hailey Barrett, Ikttesh Chahal, and Emily Davis at two, three, and four singles, respectively.
Mathis used a late break in the first set to hand Herd junior Karlyn Timko her first loss of the season, 7-5, 6-2. Similarly, Chahal used a win in the first set tiebreak to advance past Ellie Ball 7-6, 7-5.
Marshall will begin a stretch of eight consecutive home matches on Friday, Feb. 1 when the Herd welcomes Kentucky to the Huntington Tennis Club in Barboursville, W.Va.