March 18, 2014
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Starting off a five-game road swing with a pair of dual matches in the state of Utah, the Marshall tennis team fell in its opening match against No. 27 Utah, 5-2, on Tuesday night inside the George S. Eccles Tennis Center.
The Thundering Herd loss snaps a three-match win streak for Marshall in dual matches, while the Herd is now 2-3 against ranked opponents this spring.
“In singles we just kind of dug holes for ourselves early and ended up winning two matches, but we ended up losing two matches in three sets,” said Marshall coach John Mercer. “We did a good job of being competitive and turning it into a match.”
After the Utes won the opening doubles match of the night, the Herd’s second doubles squad of senior Karli Timko (Houston, Pa.) and freshman Anna Pomyatinskaya (Sochi, Russia) won their contest, 8-4, to pull even with the third doubles match to decide the doubles point. The victory helped Timko improve to 10-2 overall in the spring in doubles matches.
Coming up short, junior Kai Broomfield (Toronto, Canada) and freshman Rachel Morales (Reynoldsburg, Ohio) dropped their doubles match, 8-6, allowing the Utes to take the doubles point and go ahead 1-0 in the dual match.
With Utah having won the opening singles contest to go up 2-0, Pomyatinskaya won her singles match 6-1, 6-3 in the No. 4 spot to collect a singles and doubles victory on the day and bring the dual match score to 2-1.
The next two singles matches were won by Utah’s own, bringing their dual match advantage to 4-1, clinching the victory over the Herd. Marshall continued to battle, as Morales rallied after losing the first set to win the next two and collect a 2-6, 6-4, 6-4 singles win in the No. 6 position. With the score then at 4-2, Utah collected a win in the final singles match to wrap up a 5-2 dual match win.
“When you look back at it we had some chances, but we just had a slow start trying to adjust to the altitude and we got better as we went along, but you have to give Utah credit,” Mercer said. “They were patient from the start and just able to close out the matches. We did get a little better so we will just look towards BYU on Thursday.”
Marshall will conclude its two-match trip out west with a dual match contest against No. 71 BYU on Thursday, Mar. 20 at 2 p.m. Eastern in Provo, Utah.
No. 27 Utah 5, No. 62 Marshall 2
Doubles (Order of finish: 1, 2, 3)
1. Tereza Bekerova/Paige Miles (Utah) def. Dana Oppinger/Derya Turhan (Marshall), 8-4
2. Karli Timiko/Anna Pomytinskaya (Marshall) def. Luisa da Rosa/Sarah Richter (Utah), 8-4
3. Callie Craig/Sarah Pham (Utah) def. Kai Broomfield/Rachael Morales (Marshall), 8-6
Singles (Order of finish: 1, 4, 5, 2, 6, 3)
1. No. 125 Tereza Bekerova (Utah) def. Dana Oppinger (Marshall), 6-2, 6-2
2. Sarah Pham (Utah) def. Darya Turhan (Marshall), 6-2, 5-7, 6-1
3. Callie Craig (Utah) def. Kai Broomfield (Marshall), 6-3, 6-7 (10-6)
4. Anna Pomytinskaya (Marshall) def. Sarah Richter (Utah), 6-1, 6-3
5. Paige Miles (Utah) def. Karli Timiko (Marshall), 6-3, 6-2
6. Rachael Morales (Marshall) def. Luisa da Rosa (Utah), 2-6, 6-4, 6-4