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Marshall Tennis Blanks WVU, 7-0

Feb. 5, 2010

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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The Marshall University women's tennis team improved upon its best start in recent history as the Herd cruised past West Virginia University Friday night in front of a jam-packed Huntington Tennis Club, 7-0.

MU is now 5-0 on the season. The Herd has shut out four of its five opponents, and its only non-shutout was a 6-1 victory over Eastern Michigan.

Marshall started off the night by sweeping all three doubles matches in which all proved to be very closely contested. No. 14 Michaela Kissell and Dominika Zaprazna trailed the WVU team of Monique Burton and Stephanie LaFortune 7-5 before reeling off four consecutive games to earn a 9-7 victory.

In second doubles, MU's Isabell Raich and Kara Kucin handled the tandem of Veronica Cardenas and Emily Mathis 8-4, while Deanna Bailey and Thaddea Lock also earned a come-from-behind win for an 8-6 triumph in third doubles, giving MU a 1-0 advantage heading into singles play.

Kissell got singles started with a dominating 6-1, 6-2 performance over LaFortune. The 35th ranked player in the country is now 4-0 in singles play with all of her wins coming from No.1 singles.

Second and third singles all went three sets with Marshall coming out on top. Raich fought to a 4-6, 6-4, 7-5 victory against Burton, while Zaprazna, the third single, outlasted Cardenas 5-7, 6-1, 6-1.

Catherine Kellner cruised through fourth singles with a 6-1, 6-2 victory. Deanna Bailey, the reigning Conference USA Player of the Week and fifth singles, had no problems with Ashley Pilsbury, earning a 6-1, 6-1 win.

Kristina Koprcina rounded out the team in sixth singles as she defeated Kathryn Haught in a tie break, 0-6, 6-3 (13-11) to complete the sweep.

"I thought WVU played a smart match and competed really hard," head coach John Mercer said. "I was impressed with how they fought. We did a good job hanging in there and I hope we can learn from how we played today and play better on Sunday."

MU is back in action on Sunday afternoon as the Herd plays host to Miami (OH). The match at the Huntington Tennis Club starts at 12 p.m.