April 1, 2011
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – The No. 51 Marshall University tennis team took two-of-three doubles matches and five-of-six singles matches en route to a 6-1 victory over the Louisville Cardinals on a balmy Friday afternoon at the Brain David Fox Tennis Courts.
With the win, the Thundering Herd improved its overall record to an impressive 14-4. The loss dropped U of L to 11-7.
The afternoon started with Michaela Kissell and Dominika Zaprazna winning No. 1 doubles in dominant fashion as the 33rd ranked team in the country took care of Julia Fellerhoff and Rebecca Shine by a score of 8-1. MU’s top duo is still undefeated in spring competition with an overall record of 15-0.
Kara Kucin and Karli Timko secured the doubles point for Marshall with an 8-4 win in third doubles as the tandem defeated U of L’s Kaysara Mandry and Gabrielle Duncan. The two are 6-5 as doubles partners.
The back end of MU singles took care of business to increase the Herd lead. Kucin was first to finish on court six, defeating Sonia Bokhari 6-0, 6-1. Maria Voscekova was right behind her in fifth singles, blanking Duncan 6-0, 6-0.
Catherine Kellner wrapped up the team victory on court three as she topped Mandry in straight sets, 6-4, 6-0, and giving the Herd a 4-0 cushion. Zaprazna gave the Herd a 5-0 advantage after completing her match in second singles, winning 6-4, 6-4.
With the outcome already decided, Michaela Kissell on court one and Kristina Koprcina on court four would have their match finish in a second set tie-break. Kissell came out triumphant with a 7-5, 5-7, 10-8 victory over Fellerhoff, while Koprcina fell 6-4, 1-6, 10-6 to Amelia Harris.
Marshall has one of its most important matches of the season on Sunday as the Herd looks to knock off its highest ranked opponent of the season to date when MU hosts No. 33 VCU at 12 p.m. at the Brian David Fox Tennis Center. VCU and Louisville will square off against each other on Saturday at noon.
Fans will be able to follow live match results of Sunday’s match with the Rams by logging on to the front page of herdzone.com.