No. 38 Herd Tennis Rebounds, Tops Winthrop 6-1

Kristina Koprcina

Kristina Koprcina

March 14, 2010

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ROCK HILL, S.C. - The No. 38 Marshall University women's tennis team won two of three doubles matches, and five of six singles matches en route to a 6-1 victory over Winthrop University on Sunday afternoon.


The win improves Marshall's record to 12-2 and snaps its two match losing streak.


Michaela Kissell and Dominika Zaprazna paired up in first doubles, as they have been all season, and recorded their ninth win together as the duo defeated the Eagle's Zaytseva/Alkema, 8-5.


Playing for just the second time as a team this season, Thaddea Lock and Kristina Koprcina recorded the victory in third doubles as they outlasted Abutovic/Wilkinson 8-6 to earn MU the doubles point.


Singles action saw Kissell trump Elizaveta Zaytseva 6-3, 6-4 in first singles as she improved her record to 12-1. Zaprazna went all three sets in second singles with Yasmine Alkema and pulled out a 5-7, 6-4, 7-5 win.


Third singles had Isabell Raich top Winthrop's Sandra Herrera by a mark of 7-6, 6-4, while fourth singles saw Catherine Kellner prevail over Giovanna Portiolli, 6-2, 6-3.


Deanna Bailey fell in fifth singles, but Koprcina rounded out the day for the Herd in sixth singles with a 6-2, 6-4 victory over Paula Pereira.


"We did a great job against a very good Winthrop team today," head coach John Mercer said. "It makes the win even better because it was our first time playing outside this spring and it came on the road. It was nice to bounce back after dropping our two previous matches."


Marshall has ten days off before the Herd hits the road for a West Coast swing where MU will play the likes of San Diego and Nevada.