Feb. 25, 2012
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa.- The No. 65 ranked Marshall University women’s tennis team lost its second match in as many days on Saturday afternoon, falling 7-0 to Miami University (Ohio) in a neutral site battle at Penn State University’s Indoor Tennis Center.
The Thundering Herd entered the match with a 3-5 record having lost its previous two matches to Purdue last weekend and to Penn State just one night before. On the other side, Miami came into the match with a 2-7 record, but held the advantage of not having played just one day prior.
In the end, the fresher legs prevailed as the Redhawks swept the nationally ranked Herd 7-0 to improve to 3-7 for the year. For Marshall, it was a third consecutive loss, and dropped the squad to a 3-6 record for the 2012 season.
Playing without normal No. 2 Maria Voscekova, Marshall struggled to gain an edge on its opponent in the singles matches – dropping all five to the Redhawks – but did manage to grab a lone win at the No. 1 doubles slot, as junior Dominika Zaprazna stayed true to her No. 51 doubles ranking with an 8-3 victory alongside freshman Kia Broomfield. Miami won the other two matches, though, and snatched the lone doubles point for a clean 7-0 sweep on the evening.
“I thought we fought hard considering we had to play without Maria,” said Head Coach John Mercer. “She was out with an ankle injury and things just didn’t go our way today. We just have to keep working hard and keep trying to improve for our next match.”
The Herd will now return home for what will be just its second and third home matches of the season, playing host to Liberty University and Virginia Tech on Friday at 1:00 p.m. and on Saturday at 10:00 a.m. in Huntington.