Feb. 8, 2014
HUNTINGTON, W. Va.-
Marshall suffered its second loss of the season, falling to No. 40 University of Kentucky 6-1 Saturday. The Herd now stands with a 3-2 record.
“They [Kentucky] played really great,” coach John Mercer said. “We didn’t play so well. Part of that, I think, was because of how well they played.”
In singles play, senior Karli Timko (Houston, Pa.) defeated the Wildcats’ Stephanie Fox 6-3, 6-4 (9) for the lone win of the day.
“I’m really excited for Karli,” Mercer said. “That was a great win for her and it showed her strengths.”
Sophomore Dana Oppinger (Weingarten, Germany) faced No. 16 Aldila Sutjiadi, falling 6-1, 6-0.
Doubles action saw a change to the lineup, with Kai Broomfield (Toronto, Canada) partnering with Anna Pomyatinskaya (Sochi, Russia) at first doubles and Timko pairing up with Rachael Morales (Reynoldsburg, Ohio) at third doubles.
Timko and Morales defeated UK’s Caitlin McGraw/ Kirsten Lewis 6-2, but did not earn the doubles point because of losses at first and second doubles.
“They were really disciplined; we weren’t so much,” Mercer said. “We just need to practice and not let pressure get to us.”
Marshall will return to the courts next weekend when the Herd travels to State College, Pa. to face No. 50 Penn State on Feb.15 and the University of Pennsylvania on Sunday, Feb.16.