Feb. 15, 2014
HUNTINGTON, W. Va-- The Marshall tennis team continued its win streak, beating Penn 4-3 Saturday. The Herd is now 5-2, with its only two losses coming to ranked opponents Kentucky and Virginia Tech.
The Herd once again battled back from losing the doubles point, after first doubles Dana Oppinger (Weingarten, Germany) and Derya Turhan (Bad Salzuflen, Germany) lost 8-5 and second doubles Karli Timko (Houston, Pa.) and Anna Pomyatinskaya (Sochi, Russia) fell in an 8-7(1) tiebreaker.
Pomyatinskaya gave the Herd its first point, going 6-0 in the first set and 2-0 in the second after the Quakers' Jamie Yapp-Shing retired.
With the score at 1-1, junior Kai Broomfield gave the Herd the lead with a 6-4, 6-2 defeat.
Oppinger and Turhan, playing first and second singles, both lost- Oppinger 6-0, 6-2 and Turhan 6-2, 6-4.
Oppinger faced a tough competitor in Penn's Joi Eskanazi, No. 7 in the ITA Northeast Region rankings and undefeated in singles action.
Marshall, growing accustomed to fighting back, earned victories at fifth and sixth singles to give the Herd its 4-3 advantage.
Timko tied the score with a 6-3, 6-2 performance, and freshman Rachael Morales sealed victory with a 6-2, 6-0 result.
"Once again, we proved we can come back," coach John Mercer said. "We're really digging and earning these wins. I'm really proud of these girls and the way they are battling every match."
Marshall will travel to Minneapolis, Minn February 22 and 23 to face Iowa State and Minnesota.