Bogicevic Shines, Herd Falls in Loss to Minnesota
Marija Bogicevic improved to 2-0 in singles play
MINNEAPOLIS -- Marija Bogicevic improved to 2-0 in singles play, but Marshall's women's tennis team fell for the third straight match, dropping a 6-1 decision to Minnesota Saturday afternoon in the Courtside Classic.
"Give a lot of credit to Minnesota. They played very well early and put us into a deep hole," head coach John Mercer said.
Minnesota jumped out to an early lead by taking the doubles point. Tina Kreinis and Annemarie Emme defeated Marshall's Maddie Silver and Brooke Lashway, 6-1. The Golden Gophers' team of Mehvish Safdar and Caitlyn Merzbacher followed suit with a 6-3 win over the Herd's Marija Bogicevic and Stephanie Smith. Ana Marhuenda and Anna Smith were trailing to Minnesota's Caroline Ryba and Cammy Frei, 5-4, when the Gophers clinched the doubles point.
The Gophers carried the momentum from doubles play into the singles matches, winning the first four matches completed and taking five of six overall. Camila Vargas Gomez defeated Marhuenda, 6-2, 6-0. Anna Smith (6-4, 6-3) and Lashway (6-4, 7-5) also lost in straight sets for the Herd, dropping matches to Barbara Mancera and Merzbacher, respectively. Stephanie Smith and Silver each fought back from one-set deficits to force a third set, but fell to Kreinis and Ryba, respectively.
"We kept competing and had some good opportunities to get back into the match in five of the six singles matches," Mercer said.
Bogicevic continued her strong start to her senior campaign, defeating Emme in three sets after dropping the first set, 4-6, 6-3, 6-3. Bogicevic is 2-0 to start a season for the first time in her career.
"Marija played very well. It's good to see her off to such a great start at the beginning of her senior year," Mercer said.
Marshall concludes play at the Courtside Classic Sunday against DePaul. The Herd and Blue Demons will square off approximately one hour following the conclusion of the championship match between Utah and Minnesota, which is slated for 10 a.m.