April 2, 2010
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The No. 58 Marshall University women's tennis team won its second consecutive match as the Thundering Herd rolled past Old Dominion University on Friday afternoon at the Brian David Fox Tennis Courts, 6-1.
"We had a good effort today in tough conditions, battling the heat and the wind," Head Coach John Mercer said. "This was a team that beat us last year, so it was good to see us put forth this effort today."
MU gained the early 1-0 advantage as the Herd grabbed the doubles point by winning second and third doubles in easy fashion. Michaela Kissell and Kara Kucin defeated ODU's Dementyeva/Ivanova on court two, 8-1. On court three, Deanna Bailey and Thaddea Lock topped Citic/Pires, 8-2.
Turning to singles, in a battle of top-35 ranked players between No. 35 Kissell (MU) and No. 21 Nadine Fahoum (ODU), Kissell dropped the first set 6-1, but returned the favor is set two, winning 6-1. Fahoum was able to battle back from a 5-4 disadvantage in the third set to take the final three games and eventually win the match, 6-1, 1-6, 7-5.
"I thought Michaela had a great effort today," Mercer said. "It was good to see her battle back after dropping the first set 6-1. She adjusted her game and played with what was working, and not exactly with what she was most comfortable with."
Despite the loss in first singles, the Herd won singles 2-6. Dominika Zaprazna won on court two in straight sets, 6-2, 6-3, over Joanna Dobrowolska.
Third and fourth singles each went to tie-breaks as Isabell Raich outlasted Irina Dementyeva on court three, 6-4, 4-6 (10-4), while Catherine Kellner won in fourth singles against Diana Ivanova, 2-6, 6-4 (10-5).
Deanna Bailey improved her record to 14-4 with a win in fifth singles against Juliana Pires, 6-2, 6-3. Sophomore Kristina Koprcina rounded out the day for Marshall on court six with a convincing 6-2, 6-2 triumph over Marija Citic.
The Herd (14-5) plays its sixth match in a span of 12 days on Sunday as MU travels to Williamsburg, Va., for a contest with William & Mary. MU is 2-3 during the current six match-12 day span. The contest with W&M starts at 10 a.m.