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Feb. 23, 2008
BARBOURSVILLE, W.Va. - The Marshall University's women's tennis team improved its winning streak to five with a 6-1 decision over Miami (Ohio) University on Saturday afternoon at the Huntington Tennis Club. The 55th-ranked Thundering Herd improved to 9-2 overall while the RedHawks fell to 6-2 for the season.
"I am really impressed with Miami because they have improved," Marshall's head coach John Mercer said. "We responded very well to the challenge."
No. 9 Kellie Schmitt (Pittsburgh, Pa.) and Karolina Soor (Lindesberg, Sweden) advanced to a 9-0 record at the number one position with an 8-3 decision over Brintney Larson and Sydnee Bridger.
Thaddea Lock (Bristol, England) and Isabell Raich (Klaus, Austria) took an 8-6 advantage over Megan Martzolf and Cara Wald at the number two. Playing the three, Yulia Kashelkina (Moscow, Russia) and Jessica Keener (Reston, Va.) defeated Leda Pesatova and Kelly Douple, 8-2, to finish the Herd's doubles sweep.
Schmitt (39th) remained the lone singles player perfect so far this season with a straight-set victory against Larson, 6-2, 6-2, at the number one mark.
Raich took a straight-set win over Pesatova, 6-3, 7-5, at the number three spot. Schwartz defeated Douple, 6-2, 0-6, 7-5, at the four. Playing the five, Lock took a 6-0, 4-6, 6-1 victory against Wald. Keener won the six spot over Bridger, 7-5, 6-3.
Martzolf defeated Soor, 3-6, 6-1, 6-3, at the number two to take Miami's lone point.
The Herd advanced its all-time series lead over the RedHawks to 14-2.
"We are excited for a great match against VCU next weekend," Coach Mercer added.
Marshall will play host to the 25th-ranked foe Virginia Commonwealth University on Saturday, March 1 with first serve set for 11 a.m. at the Huntington Tennis Club. Tatsiana Uvarova is ranked 33rd for the Rams.
Miami University vs Marshall
2/23/2008 at Huntington, W.Va.
#55 Marshall 6, Miami University 1
1. #39 Kellie Schmitt (MAR) def. LARSON, Brintney (MIAMI) 6-2, 6-2
2. MARTZOLF, Megan (MIAMI) def. Karolina Soor (MAR) 3-6, 6-1, 6-3
3. Isabell Raich (MAR) def. PESATOVA, Leda (MIAMI) 6-3, 7-5
4. Jeanne Schwartz (MAR) def. DOUPLE, Kelly (MIAMI) 6-2, 0-6, 7-5
5. Thaddea Lock (MAR) def. WALD, Cara (MIAMI) 6-0, 4-6, 6-1
6. Jessica Keener (MAR) def. BRIDGER, Sydnee (MIAMI) 7-5, 6-3
1. #9 Kellie Schmitt/Karolina Soor (MAR) def. LARSON, Brintney/BRIDGER, Sydnee (MIAMI) 8-3
2. Isabell Raich/Thaddea Lock (MAR) def. MARTZOLF, Megan/WALD, Cara (MIAMI) 8-6
3. Jessica Keener/Yulia Kashelkina (MAR) def. PESATOVA, Leda/DOUPLE, Kelly (MIAMI) 8-2
Miami University 6-2
Marshall 9-2; National ranking #55