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Herd Mangles Mountaineers

Dana Oppinger won in a grueling 10-8 tiebreaker

Feb. 1, 2014


HUNTINGTON, W.Va.- The Herd regained state bragging rights after defeating WVU 6-1 Saturday at the Huntington Tennis Club.

Karli Timko (Houston, Pa.) and Anna Pomyatinskaya (Sochi, Russia) defeated No. 9 ITA Atlantic Region ranked duo of Kaja Mrgole and Oana Manole in a 6-4 match. The duo of Kai Broomfield (Toronto, Canada) and Rachael Morales (Reynoldsburg, Ohio) sealed the doubles point with a 6-0 score. 

Dana Oppinger (Weingarten, Germany) and Derya Turhan (Bad Salfuzlen, Germany) did not finish their doubles match. 

Timko quickly added to the Herd lead, sweeping her singles opponent 6-0, 6-0. Broomfield followed suit, defeating the Mountaineers’ Ikttesh Chahal 6-2, 6-1 and putting the Herd up 3-0.  Pomyatinskaya finished next, defeating Manole 7-5, 6-1 and clinching the match win for Marshall. 

At first singles, Oppinger fell behind to WVU’s Hailey Barrett, losing the first set 4-6. Oppinger battled back, taking set two 6-4. A tiebreaker ensued amongst an amped crowd. Oppinger went up 4-0 in the tiebreaker, and went on to win 10-8. 

“The crowd was really behind us today,” coach John Mercer said. “ They helped us win some of those matches, especially Dana’s.”

Morales went on to success, claiming her match with a 6-3, 6-1 score. 

The only loss of the day came from freshman Derya Turhan, who faced Mrgole and fell 7-6, 6-3. 

Broomfield, Pomyatinskaya, Timko, and Morales remain undefeated in singles matches as the Herd improves to 3-0. 

"Today was a good day, and it was a great turnout," Mercer added. "Let's take this excitement into VT's match tomorrow."

The Herd will face No. 52 Virginia Tech at 11 a.m. at the Huntington Tennis Club.