Herd Competes Strong, Falls to Nationally-Ranked FIU
Marshall took a doubles match and played close in two of three singles matches
DENTON, Texas -- Anna Smith and Marija Bogicevic won a doubles match, while Stephanie Smith and Maddie Silver played closely contested singles matches, but 33rd-ranked FIU defeated Marshall, 4-0, Saturday afternoon in a neutral-site contest at the Waranch Tennis Complex.
The start of the match was delayed due to rain in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex area, of which Denton is a part of.
"We got started a bit late due to rain in the area. We only had three courts available today, so just 1, 2 and 3 singles finished," head coach John Mercer said regarding the weather and court availability.
Brooke Lashway returned to the lineup after missing the past four matches with an ankle injury, but she and Ana Marhuenda were defeated by Andrea Lazaro and Nerma Caluk, 6-0. Anna Smith and Bogicevic defeated Mina Markovic and Sandra Bozinovic, 6-3. In the deciding match, the FIU pairing of Maryna Veksler and Ulyana Grib, ranked seventh nationally, defeated Stephanie Smith and Silver, 6-3.
Due to weather in the area, only three of the singles matches were completed. Bogicevic opened singles play with a 6-0, 6-2 loss to Veksler, while Grib defeated Silver in a tightly-contested match, 7-5, 6-4. Stephanie Smith had multiple set point opportunities in the second set, but was defeated by Lazaro, the No. 2 player in the country, 6-4, 7-5. Anna Smith was trailing Bozinovic in the first set of her match, 4-2, when the match was called.
"Stephanie had a good showing today," Mercer said. "She had four set points in the second set before falling to the No. 2 player in the country in a close match. We'll get after it again tomorrow against North Texas."
Marshall wraps up its five-match road trip Sunday against North Texas. First serve is slated for noon (eastern time) but may be pushed back due to weather.