No. 62 Women's Tennis Upsets No. 56 Virginia Tech, 4-3





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April 9, 2008

Box Score

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The No. 62 nationally-ranked Thundering Herd women's tennis squad upset the 56th-ranked Virginia Tech team, 4-3, Wednesday afternoon at Cabell Midland High School. Karolina Soor (Lindesberg, Sweden) finished Marshall University's victory with a 7-5, 4-6, 6-2 advantage over 120th-ranked Yasmin Hamza at the number two position.

Marshall improved to 14-8 overall while Virginia Tech fell to 14-10 so far this season. Despite the victory, the Hokies still hold the all-time series lead, 9-5, over the Herd.

"This was a great win against a respectable team who plays a tough schedule," Marshall's head coach John Mercer said. "Virginia Tech's rank doesn't really express how excellent and competitive of a team they really are."

The 26th-ranked duo of Kellie Schmitt (Pittsburgh, Pa.) and Soor defeated Jessica Brouwer and J.J. Larson, 8-2, at the number one slot. The Hokies' pair of Inga Beerman and Holly Johnson took an 8-3 decision over Yulia Kashelkina (Moscow, Russia) and Jessica Keener (Reston, Va.) at the number three.

The Herd's team of Jeanne Schwartz (West Palm Beach, Fla.) and Isabell Raich (Klaus, Austria) secured the doubles point with an 8-6 advantage over Yasmin Hamza and Jessica Long at the number two mark.

Raich defeated Larson in straight-sets, 6-4, 6-1, at the number four position to advance the Herd, 2-0, in the match. However, Long took a 6-2, 6-4 victory over Schwartz at the number three to put the Hokies back one.

Schmitt (58th) put the Herd ahead 3-1 with a 6-3, 6-1 straight-set victory over Beerman at the number one slot.

The Hokies fought back with a Johnson 7-6(4), 6-0 victory over Thaddea Lock (Bristol, England) at the six mark. Brouwer squeaked by Keener, 6-3, 4-6, 6-2, at the number five position.

"Hopefully we are turning a positive corner," Coach Mercer added. "This victory also built confidence for Conference USA tournament action next week."

With the victory, the Herd stands 3-7 against ranked foes so far this season.

Marshall will travel to Louisville, Ky., Friday to face 39th-ranked Louisville (14-5) at the Bass-Rudd Tennis Center with first serve set for 1 p.m. The Herd leads the all-time series, 3-2, over the Cardinals. However, Louisville took a 4-3 decision over Marshall in 2007.

Virginia Tech vs Marshall
4/9/2008 at Huntington, W.Va.

#62 Marshall 4, #56 Virginia Tech 3

Singles competition
1. #58 Kellie Schmitt (MAR) def. Inga Beerman (VT) 6-3, 6-1
2. Karolina Soor (MAR) def. #120 Yasmin Hamza (VT) 7-5, 4-6, 6-2
3. Jessica Long (VT) def. Jeanne Schwartz (MAR) 6-2, 6-4
4. Isabell Raich (MAR) def. J.J. Larson (VT) 6-4, 6-1
5. Jessica Brouwer (VT) def. Jessica Keener (MAR) 6-3, 4-6, 6-2
6. Holly Johnson (VT) def. Thaddea Lock (MAR) 7-6, 6-0

Doubles competition
1. #26 Kellie Schmitt/Karolina Soor (MAR) def. Jessica Brouwer/J.J. Larson (VT) 8-2
2. Jeanne Schwartz/Isabell Raich (MAR) def. Yasmin Hamza/Jessica Long (VT) 8-6
3. Inga Beerman/Holly Johnson (VT) def. Jessica Keener/Yulia Kashelkina (MAR) 8-3

Match Notes:
Virginia Tech 14-10; National ranking #56
Marshall 14-8; National ranking #62
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (4,3,1,6,5,2)