March 29, 2013
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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -
Marshall entered Friday's match having never lost to Pittsburgh in women's tennis, a streak that the Thundering Herd upheld with its 6-1 win over the Panthers at Brian David Fox Tennis Center.
Dominka Zaprazna's loss in No. 1 singles was the only defeat for Marshall which improved to 9-9 on the season and 14-0 all-time against Pittsburgh.
"I thought we played pretty well," said head coach John Mercer. "Once we got our game plan together and got a little rhythm going I thought we played pretty well. I'm happy with how they performed."
Mercer was especially pleased with the way Ellie Ball and Maria Voscekova performed in No. 2 doubles, an 8-2 win, and singles.
"I thought they took care of business and were very efficient in doing that," Mercer said.
Voscekova defeated Kimmy Borza 6-3, 6-2 in No. 3 singles while Ball defeated Molly Wickman 6-2, 6-0 in No. 5 singles. Dana Oppinger won in No. 2 singles 6-3, 6-0 and Kai Broomfield won her match 1-6, 6-1, 10-8, having to play a tiebreaker to 10 points to decide the final set.
Kara Kucin took the No. 6 singles spot for Marshall, a position that had been filled with the play of Karlyn Timko, who entered the day with a 10-match winning streak. However, Timko suffered a minor injury in the Herd's previous match against SMU and only managed to play doubles on Friday. Kucin had no problem winning her match, 6-1, 6-2 over Karma Parbhu.
Timko paired with Oppinger for an 8-4 win in No. 3 doubles. The No. 1 doubles team of Zaprazna and Kucin won 8-1 while the No. 2 team of Ball and Voscekova won 8-2.
Marshall will face No. 38 VCU on Sunday at 11 a.m. That match is scheduled to be played outside at the Brian David Fox Tennis Center on the Marshall campus. If the forecast is unfavorable, it will be moved indoors at the Huntington Tennis Club in Barboursville.