Herd Comeback Falls Short Against VCU
Marshall falls in 4-3 decision to Rams for fourth straight year
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- Marija Bogicevic and Anna Smith won singles matches to start a comeback attempt, but the Marshall women's tennis team fell short against VCU, 4-3, Sunday at the Huntington Tennis Club.
"The effort was there today, and we did a good job of coming back in matches after trailing early," head coach John Mercer said. "We unfortunately came up a bit short against a very well-coached VCU team that is always tough to beat."
The result is VCU's 11th consecutive victory over the Herd with the last four all being 4-3 decisions.
The Herd got off to a strong start, taking the doubles point in comeback fashion. After Brooke Lashway and Ana Marhuenda were defeated, 6-2, Stephanie Smith and Maddie Silver won their third straight match at the No. 1 spot, 6-2. Facing match point, Marija Bogicevic and Anna Smith won five straight games at No. 2 to clinch the doubles point for the Herd, 7-5.
"We did a great job today in doubles," Mercer said. "Marija and Anna did a good job clawing back in their match to win and Stephanie and Maddie continued to play well in doubles."
Marshall was forced to forfeit a point at No. 6 singles, as Lashway continues to recover from an ankle injury. Marhuenda and Stephanie Smith were each defeated in straight sets, putting the Herd in a 3-1 deficit. Anna Smith defeated Melissa Ifidzhen in straight sets, 6-4, 6-2, and was followed by Bogicevic, who defeated Marina Alcaide, 6-3, 7-5. In the deciding match, Silver fell to Paola Delgado in three sets, 6-4, 2-6, 6-3.
"It was good to see Marija and Anna continue to play well and pick up big singles wins for us today. Maddie did a great job forcing a third set but just ran out of momentum and came up short." Mercer said.
The Herd begins a four-match road trip Saturday at Navy. First serve is set for 10 a.m.