March 31, 2013
BARBOURSVILLE, W.Va. -- On the afternoon of Easter Sunday, the Marshall women’s tennis team lost a 4-1 decision to No. 38 Virginia Commonwealth University at the Huntington Tennis Club.
“It came down to a couple of points here and there,” commented head coach John Mercer. “We feel like we’re that close, and this will better prepare us for the conference tournament when we play a lot more teams at that level. We’re in the mix; it’s just trying to get over that hurdle.”
Marshall (9-10, 1-1 Conference USA) claimed the lone point in the five singles spot from Ellie Ball who came from behind to win her second straight match. After dropping the first set 6-1, the sophomore cruised to victory by winning 12 of the next 15 games (1-6, 6-0, 6-3). It was the first three-set victory for the Bristol, England native this season.
VCU (16-4) earned the doubles point courtesy of victories at one and three. After three doubles pair Salome Kvitashvili/Olga Terteac completed the first match with an 8-2 victory over MU’s Dana Oppinger/Karlyn Timko, the Rams took advantage of Dominika Zaprazna/Kara Kucin’s struggling serve on court one. Marshall broke serve four times at one doubles but was unable to hold serve either. Kvitashvili/Terteac’s 8-6 victory clinched the doubles point.
In singles action, #4 Kai Broomfield (3-6, 4-6) and #2 Dana Oppinger (5-7, 2-6) were the first two to finish, giving VCU a 3-0 lead. Once Ball turned in her three-setter, #1 Dominika Zaprazna (4-6, 6-7(7)) fell narrowly to No. 103 Cindy Chala to clinch the victory for the Rams.
The remaining two matches were left unfinished. #3 Maria Voscekova
had won the first set of her match but trailed in the third while #6 Kucin’s match had just begun.
Marshall will be on the road this coming Saturday for a showdown with Liberty in Lynchburg, Va. The final home test will be the following Wednesday when the Thundering Herd takes on Louisville at the Brian David Fox Tennis Center.