Stephanie Smith extended her win streak to six matches with a straight-sets win over Rachel Nelson. Smith leads the Herd with an 11-2 singles record.
March 18, 2017
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NORFOLK, Va. — The Marshall women’s tennis team opened its five-match road trip with a 5-2 win over the James Madison Dukes Saturday afternoon at the Folkes-Stevens Tennis Center.
The Herd picked up the doubles point for the third time in its last four matches. Marshall improved to 9-1 when winning the doubles point. Maddie Silver and Anna Pomyatinskaya defeated Timea Guibe and Kimmy Herrock, 6-1. Derya Turhan and Marija Bogicevic defeated Jona Roka and Dylan Owens, 6-3. Stephanie Smith and Rachael Morales remained undefeated when paired together as their match against Rebecca Harris and Emma Petersen went unfinished.
The Herd won four of the six singles matches against the Dukes. Turhan rallied after dropping the first set of her match against Guibe to win in three sets, 3-6, 6-4, 6-2. Smith extended her win streak to six matches with a 6-1, 6-4 win over Rachel Nelson. Pomyatinskaya won in straight sets over defending Colonial Athletic Association Player of the Week Roka, 6-4, 6-1. Morales defeated Harris in straight sets, 6-2, 6-2. Silver won the first set of her match against Petersen but fell in three sets, 2-6, 6-2, 6-2. Nikola Novackova lost against Owens, 6-3, 7-5.
Quote from head coach John Mercer
Another very competitive match for our team. James Madison was very disciplined and focused. With only four courts, it took about three hours before Rachael Morales and Derya Turhan could get ahead and clinch the match for us. Anna Pomyatinskaya had another very good win and continues to get better each time out.
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The Herd is back in action Sunday afternoon when it takes on Conference USA foe Old Dominion at 1 p.m.