Feb. 3, 2013
BARBOURSVILLE, W.Va. – Senior Dominika Zaprazna and junior Maria Voscekova defeated the No.31-ranked doubles team in the nation, but the Thundering Herd ultimately fell to No. 51 Indiana 6-1 Sunday at the Huntington Tennis Club.
Marshall fell to 2-3 on the season while Indiana remained perfect at 6-0.
“I thought both teams fought hard,” said Marshall head coach John Mercer after the match. “I felt like both teams did a great job competing, but when it came down to crunch time, we were ahead in a lot of matches but couldn’t close the deal. That shows a lot for Indiana’s experience and discipline.”
Zaprazna and Voscekova used back-to-back breaks of the Leslie Hureau/Sophie Garre serve to win four straight games and hand the first blemish, 8-4, to Indiana’s top duo this season.
That match finished shortly after two doubles pair Ellie Ball and Kara Kucin fell to Indiana’s Carolyn Chupa and Katie Klyczek 8-3.
At three doubles, Herd tag team Karlyn Timko and Dana Oppinger had a break chance up 6-5 but would fall narrowly, 9-7, to give the Hoosiers the doubles point. It was Timko/Oppinger’s first loss of the season.
In singles, straight sets victories from Alecia Kauss (6-1, 6-2 over Ball) on court three, Garre (6-2, 6-4 over Oppinger) on court four, and Chupa (7-6, 6-3 over Kucin) on court five were enough to clinch the Indiana victory.
Zaprazna, after falling in the first set 6-1, battled to a 4-3 lead in the second but fell to Hureau 6-1, 7-5.
Voscekova won her first set 6-2 to become the first player this season to take a set from Indiana in singles, but the junior dropped the second set 6-4 and a super tiebreak third 10-5. Voscekova’s third set was shortened due to the match already being decided.
Timko was able to avenge her doubles loss by defeating Shannon Murdy 6-4, 6-1 to close out the day’s scoring. The junior became the first player this season to win a singles match against Indiana.
“We need to keep working hard to play up to [Indiana’s] level,” said Mercer. “I think we are closing the gap and getting a good understanding of it, and I’ve seen a lot of improvement. Hopefully we get a good breakthrough here coming up.”
Marshall will continue its current homestand Saturday, Feb. 9 when it faces No. 26 Purdue at 11 a.m. at the Huntington Tennis Club.