Jan. 26, 2014
HUNTINGTON, W.Va.- Marshall tennis was victorious Sunday, defeating the Radford Highlanders in a 7-0 sweep and putting the Herd with a 1-0 record.
“We played very well and it was great for the girls confidence,” coach John Mercer said. “They all did a fantastic job.”
In doubles action, the German duo of Dana Oppinger (Weingarten, Germany) and Derya Turhan (Bad Salzuflen, Germany) defeated Radford’s Gemma Valls/Taylor Newman by a 6-2 match score. Karli Timko (Houston, Pa.) and Anna Pomyatinskaya (Sochi, Russia) paired up to defeat Gisela Garcia and Taylor Fay, also in a 6-2 match.
Kai Broomfield (Toronto, Canada) and Rachael Morales (Reynoldsburg, Ohio) were up 3-2 at the time of Oppinger and Turhan’s finish.
In singles competition, freshman Anna Pomyatinskaya was first to finish, defeating Sara Andrade 6-0, 6-2. Oppinger followed shortly after, defeating Newman 6-2, 6-0.
Broomfield and Turhan were next to finish- Broomfield winning 6-1, 6-2 and Turhan posting 6-2, 6-2 scores.
Morales, the last to start playing, finished quickly after beating Garcia 6-0, 6-0.
Timko, playing in the fourth singles position, fell behind in the first set to the Highlanders’ Grace Sarver after a 6-7 tiebreaker. Timko bounced back to win the second set 6-3, leading to a third set tiebreaker. After battling, Timko defeated Sarver 10-6 to finish the day for the Herd.
“I’m very proud of the girls,” Mercer said. “But the competition is only going to get tougher, so we can’t let our guards up.”
Marshall will be back in action Tuesday, January 28 to face Morehead State in the makeup of Saturday’s postponed match.