Feb. 19, 2011
WILLIAMSBURG, Va. - The No. 54 Marshall University tennis team used the doubles point along with singles wins on courts 1-3 for a narrow 4-3 victory over No. 67 William & Mary Saturday afternoon at the McCormack-Nagelsen Tennis Center.
The Thundering Herd improved to 9-2 with the win and also notched its first ever victory at William & Mary.
In a battle of nationally-ranked doubles opponents on court one, No. 26 Michaela Kissell and Dominika Zaprazna remained undefeated and moved to 11-0 as the duo outlasted No. 64 Johnson/Cepeda, 8-6. The Herd secured the doubles point with an 8-6 decision in second doubles as Catherine Kellner and Maria Voscekova topped Loomans/Kargl.
Singles saw Kissell, Kellner and Zaprazna register wins for the Herd. No. 33 Kissell battled Nina Vulovich to a 6-4, 6-4 decision in first singles. Playing second singles for the first time this season, Kellner defeated Johnson, 6-1, 6-3, and improved to a team best 9-2 overall. Zaprazna, playing third singles, topped Loomans in three sets, 6-4, 5-7, 6-0.
"It is a tough place to play. We have never won here before, so given the circumstances and the history, it was a very good win," head coach John Mercer said. "It was a very tough mental battle from that stand point. We were able to tough it out today and play well when we needed to. It came down to the big points and we were able to get them, ultimately leading to the win."
The Herd now makes the quick drive to Norfolk, Va., for a contest with Old Dominion University tomorrow morning. First serve is scheduled for 11 a.m.