Marshall Tennis Ends Regular Season Unbeaten at Home

Coach Mercer recognized Kristina in between singles and doubles play

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.