Feb. 10, 2013
BARBOURSVILLE, W.Va. – Marshall endured its most tightly-contested match this season, outlasting Miami (Ohio) 5-2 Sunday at the Huntington Tennis Club.
Marshall improved to 3-4 this season while Miami dropped to 2-5.
“It was good to see us grind and play hard,” said Marshall head coach John Mercer on the win. “It’s good to go through some ups and downs, take some adversity over the course of a match, and really stick to it and have a desire to fight hard together.”
Freshman Dana Oppinger’s three-set, come-from-behind victory was the clinching point on court four, but a total team effort was needed as the Thundering Herd saw four matches extend to three sets. Dominika Zaprazna, Maria Voscekova, and Ellie Ball were the others to go the distance.
Zaprazna won 6-2, 2-6, 6-4 on court one despite trailing 3-1 in the third.
Voscekova fell 4-6, 7-6(5), 6-7(7). The junior dropped the first set but clawed back from a 5-2 deficit in the second to force a third. In the third, Voscekova once again climbed back from a 5-2 hole only to fall in the third set breaker.
On court three, Ball lost a set lead, falling to Nimisha Mohan 6-1, 2-6, 0-6.
Zaprazna/Voscekova won their fourth straight doubles match, 8-4, to get things started. A break in the opening game proved to be all they needed, but the pair added another late to extend its advantage.
On court three, Karlyn Timko/Oppinger secured the doubles point with an 8-2 victory where they won seven straight games to close out the match against Miami’s Chloe Heerden/Ana Rajkovic.
Ellie Ball/Kara Kucin’s match on the middle court saw Marshall fight off two match points, but it was not enough as Christiana Raymond/Alix Thurman held on, 8-6.
Sophomore Kai Broomfield broadened the Herd’s lead to 2-0 with a 6-3, 6-4 straight sets victory over Heerden at five singles.
Ball’s match finished next to put Miami on the board at 2-1, but Zaprazna and Oppinger would hand in the next two decisions to give Marshall the victory.
On court six, Karlyn Timko defeated Rajkovic 7-5, 6-1 to round out the scoring. Timko’s match ended shortly after Alix Thurman defeated Voscekova in the third set breaker on court two.
Marshall will continue its season at home on Friday, Feb. 15 against Winthrop. The match will start at 4 p.m. at the Huntington Tennis Club.