March 3, 2013
HUNTINGTON, W.Va.-Marshall’s Karlyn Timko outlasted Old Dominion’s Nika Khmolovska (4-6, 7-6 (7-0), 6-4) in a three-plus hour match to push the Herd past the Old Dominion Monarchs 4-3 Sunday afternoon at the Huntington Tennis Club.
The Herd improved to 6-5, while ODU dropped to 7-5.
Timko picked up her fifth-straight win at No. 6 singles, while No. 1 Dominika Zaprazna (6-3, 4-6, 6-4) also notched a three-set victory. Dana Oppinger also won in straight sets (6-4, 6-4) for the Herd at No. 3.
ODU got singles wins from Diana Ivanova at No. 2 (6-2, 7-5), Juliana Pires at No. 4 (6-1, 4-6, 6-3) and Melissa Esnal Olguin at No. 5 (7-6 (7-4, 6-3).
Marshall only needed to split the six singles matches to secure the victory after taking the doubles point via wins at No. 1 (8-5, Zaprazna and Maria Voscekova) and No. 3 (8-5, Timko and Oppinger).
ODU’s doubles win came at No. 2 from the tandem of Pires and Olguin.
“Today was a classic college tennis match,” said Marshall head coach John Mercer. “After six hours, the final score came down the final game of the final set of the final match. That is great competition and that’s what it’s all about.
“I’m proud of how Karli finished the match, battling through adversity and bouncing back time and again. It’s certainly a shame that one team had to lose today.”
Marshall next plays Saturday at Virginia Tech at noon.