@Herd_Tennis Defeats UTEP in First Round of C-USA Tournament
Derya Turhan won her tenth consecutive singles match
DENTON, Texas — The Marshall women’s tennis team opened the Conference USA tournament Thursday afternoon with a 4-1 win over the UTEP Miners at the Waranch Tennis Center.
The Herd wasted no time in picking up the doubles point. Stephanie Smith and Daniela Dankanych won over Raven Bennett and Duda Santos by forfeit. Anna Pomyatinskaya and Derya Turhan defeated Milou Pietersz and Lois Wagenvoort, 6-2, to clinch the doubles point for the Herd. Rachael Morales and Maddie Silver were tied in their match against Maria Paula Medina and Daphne Visscher, 4-4, but their match went unfinished.
The Herd won three of the four completed singles matches. Turhan opened singles play with her tenth consecutive win, defeating Santos in straight sets, 6-0, 6-1. Pomyatinskaya followed suit with a 6-2, 6-1 win over Wagenvoort. Nikola Novackova fell in straight sets against Medina but Morales clinched the win for the Herd with a 6-4, 6-2 win over Visscher. Silver and Dankanych each forced a third set in their respective matches, but both went unfinished.
Quote from head coach John Mercer
It’s always a good feeling to get a win in the opening round of the conference tournament. I thought our three seniors did a great job competing after a week off. Their leadership showed in today’s match. We look forward to playing WKU or Florida Atlantic tomorrow afternoon.
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The Herd awaits the winner of today’s WKU-Florida Atlantic match in the quarterfinals tomorrow at 3 p.m.