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Herd Adds Second Win of Season

Sophomore Dana Oppinger


Jan. 28, 2014

HUNTINGTON, W.Va.- Marshall tennis returned to the court victoriously today as the Herd faced Morehead State in the rescheduled match from Saturday.

In doubles action, Dana Oppinger (Weingarten, Germany) and Derya Turhan (Bad Salzuflen, Germany) continued their streak, defeating the Eagles’ Briar Preston and Sandrine Beaule in a 6-2 match.

Karli Timko (Houston, Pa.) and Anna Pomyatinskaya (Sochi, Russia) won third doubles by default. This win gave the Herd the doubles point, despite a  Kai Broomfield (Toronto, Canada) and Rachael Morales (Reynoldsburg, Ohio) loss in a grueling 6-7 tiebreaker.

With the Herd up 1-0, the team headed into singles competition.

 Oppinger faced off against Preston again. The sophomore fell behind in the first set, losing 6-1 but fought back to go ahead in the second set 5-2. Preston, an All-Ohio Valley Conference selection last season as a freshman, worked her way back, forcing a tiebreaker and taking the win over Oppinger 7-6.

First-semester freshman Turhan saw her own tiebreaker in the first set, losing to the Eagles’ Andrea LeBlanc 7-6 and unable to regroup, fell in the second set 6-2.

Broomfield, Pomyatinskaya, and Timko quickly won their sets- Broomfield won in a 6-4, 6-1 decision, Pomyatinskaya defeated Beaule 6-1, 6-3, and Timko defeated Morehead’s Hayley Wild 6-1, 6-1.

Morales took a victory by default, securing the Herd win by a score of 5-2.

“It was good for us to have more competition,” coach John Mercer said. “It was good that we had some tough matches and great to get another win. Everything helps get us ready for Saturday.”

Marshall will face in-state foe WVU Saturday. The match is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. at the Huntington Tennis Club.