Tennis Downs South Alabama, 5-2
The Thundering Herd hosts Penn State, Sunday
Feb. 6, 2009
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The Marshall University women's tennis team downed the University of South Alabama, 5-2, Friday evening at the Huntington Tennis Club. The No. 46 Thundering Herd improved to 4-2 overall, while the No. 56 Jaguars fell to 2-2 so far this season.
"This was a good win against a ranked and tough team tonight," Marshall's head coach John Mercer said. "South Alabama has a lot of excellent athletes on its teams and it was good for us to battle with such a competitive squad."
The Jaguars took a lead early with doubles victories at the number two and three positions. Michaela Babicova and Sylvanie Spangenberg defeated Marshall's pair of Deanna Bailey (McDonough, Ga.) and Jessica Keener (Reston, Va.), 8-5, at the No. 2 slot.
However, the duo of Isabell Raich (Klaus, Austria) and Catherine Kellner (Smithtown, N.Y.) couldn't hold off Katie Welch and Erica Krisan at the No. 3 mark. The Jaguars secured its doubles point with an 8-6 decision over the Herd's pair at the No. 3 position.
South Alabama went into singles action with a 1-0 lead over Marshall, but the Herd would take four straight-set matches to secure the victory.
Playing at the No. 2 mark, Raich quickly defeated Paloo, 6-0, 6-0. Schmitt (33rd) followed with a 6-2, 6-1 advantage over Spangenberg at the No. 1 position.
Kellner defeated Volman, 6-4, 6-3, at the No. 6 mark. Soor fought for a 6-3, 6-4 finish over Krisan at the No. 3 slot to secure the Herd win.
South Alabama earned its final point with a victory from Babicova over Bailey, 6-7, 6-4, 7-6, at the No. 4 position.
The Herd's Keener closed the match with a win over Welch, 6-2, 5-7, 7-5, at the No. 5 slot.
"We did a great job fighting back after losing the doubles point," Coach Mercer added. "We need to improve on our doubles play before Sunday."
With the victory, Marshall has tied the all-time series between the two schools to 3-3.
The Herd will play Penn State (2-1), Sunday, with first serve set for 11 a.m., at the Huntington Tennis Club. Before playing Marshall, Penn State will face South Alabama, Saturday, at 2 p.m., at the Huntington Tennis Club.
Marshall and Penn State have met seven times, with the Herd leading the series, 4-3. In the most recent meeting, Marshall defeated Penn State, 4-3, in University Park, Pa., last season.
Tennis Match Results
University of South Alabama vs Marshall
2/06/2009 at Huntington, W.Va.
#46 Marshall 5, #56 University of South Alabama 2
1. #33 Kellie Schmitt (MAR) def. Sylvanie Spangenberg (USAW) 6-2, 6-1
2. Isabell Raich (MAR) def. Parija Maloo (USAW) 6-0, 6-0
3. Karolina Soor (MAR) def. Erica Krisan (USAW) 6-3, 6-4
4. Michaela Babicova (USAW) def. Deanna Bailey (MAR) 6-7, 6-4, 7-5
5. Jessica Keener (MAR) def. Katie Welch (USAW) 6-2, 5-7, 7-5
6. Catherine Kellner (MAR) def. Alina Volman (USAW) 6-4, 6-3
1. #44 Kellie Schmitt/Karolina Soor (MAR) def. Parija Maloo/Alina Volman (USAW) 8-3
2. Michaela Babicova/Sylvanie Spangenberg (USAW) def. Deanna Bailey/Jessica Keener (MAR) 8-5
3. Katie Welch/Erica Krisan (USAW) def. Isabell Raich/Catherine Kellner (MAR) 8-6
University of South Alabama 2-2; National ranking #56
Marshall 4-2; National ranking #46
Order of finish: Doubles (2, 1, 3); Singles (2, 1, 6, 3, 4, 5)
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