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Marshall Tennis Gets First Win Over Ranked Opponent This Year; Downs South Alabama 4-3

March 11, 2006

Mobile, Ala. - The Thundering Herd tennis team picked up a big win Saturday afternoon in Mobile, Ala., as it fought to a 4-3 victory over the No. 66 ranked South Alabama Jaguars.

Marshall improves to 10-4 on the season as USA falls to 6-5.

Sophomore Shannon Brown battled to a 7-5 win in the third set over South Alabama's Jelena Krivacevics with the match tied 3-3 to clinch the win for the Herd in the five-hour long affair. Brown fought back after losing the first set 6-4 for the 4-6, 6-3, 7-5 win.

The Herd could've folded early as South Alabama cruised through the doubles point as the Herd had trouble adjusting to playing outside in windy conditions. The Jaguars took all three doubles matches for a 1-0 lead in the match, but the Herd players would come on strong in singles.

"We're really excited that we hung in there and kept fighting after losing the doubles point," Marshall head coach John Mercer said. "That says a lot about our young team, I saw six very determined singles players today. We gave a great effort and I think we saw this team grow up a lot out there."

In singles play, junior Lynzee Kever continued her impressive play of late with a 6-1, 7-6 win over Adrianna Solarova on court one to get the Herd on the board after falling behind 2-0 with the Jags win on court five as Michaela Babicova was a 7-6, 6-1 victor over Marshall's Karolina Soor.

The Jaguars would strike again to claim a 3-1 lead as Dijana Stanic defeated Jeanne Schwartz 6-3, 6-0 at the No. 4 position, putting the Herd's back against the wall within one match from defeat.

However, Freshman Kellie Schmitt would continue her winning ways for the Herd on court two as she pulled the Herd within one at 3-2 with a 6-3, 7-5 win against Maria Zivcicova. Another Herd freshman, Jessica Keener would step up an answer the call after dropping the first set 6-3 at No. 6 to Klara Jarova. Keener would comeback with authority and clean play to claim sets two and three 6-2, 6-3 to even the match at three a piece setting up what would be the win for the Herd with Brown's 4-6, 6-2, 7-5 win on court three over Krivacevics.



The win gives the Herd its first on the season against a ranked opponent in its fifth attempt. South Alabama has been ranked as high as No. 28 this season. The Jaguars only losses were to teams ranked No. 12, 9, 33 and 50.

Marshall will return home to face former Mid-American Conference rival Eastern Michigan at 1 p.m. Monday at the Brian David Fox Tennis Center. The Herd will then hit the road for a match against Georgia on Wednesday.

RESULTS Doubles No. 1 - Jarova/Solarova def. Kever/Schmitt 8-2 No. 2 - Zivcicova/Spanenberg def. Soor/Brown 8-4 No. 3 - Stanic/Krivacevics def. Schwartz/Keener 8-5

Singles No. 1 - KEVER def. Solarova 6-1, 7-6 No. 2 - SCHMITT def. Zivcicova 6-3, 7-5 No. 3 - BROWN def. Krivacevics 4-6, 6-3, 7-5 No. 4 - Stanic def. Schwartz 6-3, 6-0 No. 5 - Babicova def. Soor 7-6, 6-1 No. 6 - KEENER def. Jarova 3-6, 6-2, 6-3