Feb. 4, 2012
HUNTINGTON, W.Va.- The Marshall University women’s tennis team swept Morehead State 7-0 in its 2012 home opener on Saturday, defeating the Eagles by such a score for the third year running.
The No. 62 ranked Thundering Herd posted a dominant performance on the day, winning every set on an afternoon that saw the team progress to a 2-3 record for the year. It was Marshall’s first win since the season opener at Eastern Michigan back in January, and should help guide the Herd back to winning ways.
“We played well today, much more disciplined than how we’ve been playing,” said Head Coach John Mercer. “It was good to be back home in a comfortable situation, and we definitely saw some big improvements today. Morehead has been doing well, so this was a good win for us as we try and get back into the form we saw this past fall. We’ve played some tough teams so far, so it was good to see us play with some discipline today and get the result.”
Indeed, the Marshall ladies displayed both discipline and dominance as they swept Morehead aside with nine straight singles and doubles victories. The dual match began with doubles action as Marshall’s No. 35 ranked tandem of Dominika Zaprazna and Maria Voscekova made quick work of the Eagles’ number one pairing of Jessica Montemayor and Victoria Cran in an 8-0 Marshall victory. It was the Herd duo’s fourth win of the season, and has the pair sitting atop a 4-1 doubles record.
Marshall’s other two tandems – Kara Kucin and Ellie Ball, and Karli Timko and Kia Broomfield – posted similarly impressive results with respective 8-2 and 8-1 wins over their Morehead State opposition, and the three doubles victories gave the Herd a 1-0 advantage heading into the singles matches.
In those singles matches, Kucin put together two dominant sets as she beat Montemayor 6-1, 6-1 to finish first for the Herd on the afternoon. Maria Voscekova
followed shortly thereafter, claiming a 6-2, 6-0 win over Alexis Garrett, and Dominika Zaprazna
ensured a Marshall victory by downing Alix Young 6-1, 6-2.
Senior Kristina Koprcina, freshman Ellie Ball, and sophomore Karli Timko then ran the table for Marshall with their own two-set victories as the Herd handed the Eagles their fourth loss of the season. Aside from being the third straight time that Marshall beat Morehead State 7-0, it was also the second straight year in which the Herd defeated the Eagles without dropping a set.
Marshall is now 9-0 all-time against Morehead State, and will return to the road to face Wichita State in its next match on February 18. The Herd’s next home match is scheduled for March 2 against Liberty University.