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Marshall Tennis Knocks off No. 31 Kentucky, 6-1

Feb. 10, 2010



LEXINGTON, Ky. - For the second time in as many matches, the Marshall University women's tennis team defeated a nationally-ranked opponent, as the Herd topped No. 31 Kentucky, 6-1, at the Boone Tennis Complex in Lexington.


MU earned the first point of the match by taking two-of-three doubles contests. On court one, No.14 Michael Kissell/Dominika Zaprazna defeated UK's tandem of Lilley/Pienaar 8-6, while on court three Thaddea Lock and Isabell Raich tyrannized the team of Coldiron/Scates, 8-1.


Michaela Kissell moved her record to 6-0 as she defeated Megan Broderick in first singles, 6-4, 6-4. The junior has played and won all of her matches from No. 1 singles.


Dominika Zaprazna, playing as second singles, Katherine Kellner playing as fourth singles, Deanna Bailey as fifth singles and Kristina Koprcina as sixth singles also won their matches in straight sets.




Zaprazna topped Caroline Lilley 6-3, 6-4, while Kellner took down Minnette Pienaar 6-3, 7-6. Bailey blanked Nicole Scates 6-0, 6-0, and Koprcina ended the day with a 6-0, 6-1 victory.  


"We came out and competed on every point today," head coach John Mercer said. "Kentucky always competes well, especially at home, so this win shows our heart and how well we played today."


Bailey (6-0), Kellner (7-0), Kissell (6-0) and Koprcina (6-0) are all undefeated in singles through seven matches.


Marshall is back in action this weekend as the Herd hosts No. 54 Virginia Tech on Saturday at the Huntington Tennis Club. Action starts at 12 p.m.