Morales Dazzles in First Action|
Sept. 23, 2013
WILLIAMSBURG, Va. – Freshman Rachael Morales (Reynoldsburg, Ohio) starred in her debut for the Marshall tennis team, going 6-0 in the 21st Annual Tribe Invitational hosted by College of William and Mary.
Morales started the weekend off by knocking off Oklahoma’s Ann Pepper (7-5, 6-3) on Friday before defeating South Carolina’s Katie Fosnacht (6-3, 6-4) on Saturday. She dropped Kristina Centenari of Wake Forest in the championship match in the Jane Lennon Singles Flight on Sunday (6-4, 6-4)
“Morales played great in her first collegiate tournament,” commented coach John Mercer. “She came out with a lot of energy and excelled from the start.”
Morales also teamed up with senior Karyln Timko (Houston, Pa.) in doubles play over the weekend going 3-0. In the first match they defeated William and Mary pair of Casselbury and Lee (8-6) before knocking off Martin and Fosnacht of South Carolina (8-2) in the second match on Friday. They dropped the Wake Forest pair of Bercyte and Centenari (8-4) in the championship match of the Katarina Zoricic Doubles Flight.
Timko went 2-1 in singles action during the three-day tournament and knocked off USC’s Natalie Looney (6-1, 6-3) in the third-place match of the Mary Catherine Murano Singles Flight. Junior Kai Broomfiled (Toronto, Canada) defeated Zita Engbroks of Oklahoma (6-4, 3-6, 6-4) in the fifth-place match of the Marion Gengler Singles Flight.
Sophomore Danna Oppinger (Weingarten, Germany) lost to Virginia’s Maci Epstein (6-2, 6-0) in the fifth-place match of the Margie Waters Singles Flight on Sunday while freshman Anne Gulsrud (Stavenger, Norway) went 1-2 for the weekend with a victory against Danielle Mirda of Harvard (6-4, 6-4).
Marshall collected 11 total victories in the three-day tournament.
“When people look at our results they see a .500, team but they don’t realize the level of competition we play week-in and week-out,” Mercer remarked. “We strive on playing the very best talent out there because I know we can go compete against that level.”
Marshall will return to the courts this weekend playing in the Virginia Tech Tournament Sept. 27-29.