Marshall Tennis Ends Regular Season Unbeaten at Home

Coach Mercer recognized Kristina in between singles and doubles play

April 15, 2012

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HUNTINGTON, W.Va.- The Marshall University women’s tennis team concluded the 2012 regular season with an unbeaten home record as it downed the visiting Cincinnati Bearcats 6-1 on Kristina Koprcina’s senior day.

Koprcina, the lone senior on the Thundering Herd team this season, played a pivotal role in the Marshall win, teaming up with Karli Timko to down the Bearcats’ Sierra Sullivan and Carly Wilson 8-4 in doubles play, before beating Sullivan 6-1, 6-1 in singles. Fittingly, Koprcina’s singles win clinched the overall victory for Marshall as it put the Herd up 4-0, and also gave the Split, Croatia, native her 100th career win in a Marshall uniform. Koprcina ends her regular season career having amassed 60 singles, and 40 doubles wins.

The senior’s supporting cast also did its part to ensure a successful senior day, winning four of the five other singles matches and contributing to a doubles sweep of the visiting Bearcats. The number one duo of Dominika Zaprazna and Maria Voscekova won its 14th doubles match of the season 8-1 over Cincinnati’s Jasmine Lee and Ashleigh Witte, while Ellie Ball and Kara Kucin swept Kristina Georgieva and Safiyya Ismail 8-0 on court two.

Sophomore number two Maria Voscekova was the first member of the Herd to finish her singles match, giving Marshall a 2-0 advantage after trouncing Georgieva 6-1, 6-0 to claim her team-leading 13th singles win of the season. Her doubles partner, junior Dominika Zaprazna, wasn’t far behind, making it 3-0 with a 6-4, 6-2 win over Jasmine Lee on court one.

After Koprcina clinched the match with her victory, freshman Kai Broomfield made it five wins for Marshall with a third-set tiebreaker victory over Carly Wilson, 2-6, 6-3, 1-0 (13-11). Sophomore Karli Timko claimed the sixth point with a hard-fought  6-4,7-5 win against Ismail, while junior Kara Kucin suffered the Herd’s only loss on the day, 7-6, 0-6, 6-1, to Cincinnati sophomore Ashleigh Witte.

“I was happy for Kristina today, getting her 100th win and clinching the match for us,” said head coach John Mercer after the match. “It was a good day for her and a good day for Marshall tennis overall.”

The 6-1 win means Marshall was a perfect 7-0 at home this season, and will see the Herd carry a 12-9 regular season record into Conference USA tournament play later this week. The victory improves Marshall to 15-1 all-time against the Bearcats.