Play Begins at Hokie Fall Invite
Oppinger and Timko make it into semi-finals
Sept. 27, 2013
BLACKSBURG, Va. – The Marshall tennis team opened play Friday at the annual Hokie Fall Invitational. The seven-team, three-day tournament kicked off with the opening round of doubles play and two rounds of singles play. Through the three singles flights and two doubles flights, there are five Herd players participating in this weekend’s action.
In Flight A action, sophomore Dana Oppinger picked up a pair of early victories for the Herd. She defeated Gemma Valls of Radford in the first round (6-0, 6-4) and later advanced to the semifinals with a (6-1, 6-2) win over Liberty’s Belen Rivera. Junior Kai Broomfield was also playing in Flight A and earned a victory against Kimmy Borza of Pitt (6-3, 6-1) before losing to Isel Martiniez-Marcos of Virginia Tech in the quarterfinals.
Senior Karli Timko brought home another pair of wins for the Herd when she defeated Liberty’s Cameron Richards (6-2, 6-4) in the opening round of matches and tacked on another when she defeated James Madison’s Emily Bradshaw (6-1, 6-4).
“It’s great that Dana and Karli are in the semi-finals of their flights, so we look forward to having some good results tomorrow,” remarked coach John Mercer.
Freshman Rachael Morales added another victory over Jacqueline Palmucci of JMU with a (4-6, 6-1, 6-4) decision before dropping a (6-4, 7-6 (5)) match to Audrey Ann Blakely of Pitt. Fellow freshman Anne Gulsrud took down Ruxandra Andriscu of JMU (6-4, 6-3) before losing in the quarterfinals to Molly Wickman of Pitt.
“I thought we did a really good job earlier in the day but not as well later,” commented Mercer. “We need to keep pushing hard and make sure we finish the day just as well as we start. It’s not easy when you play these 12 hour days, but we need to be tougher and finish.”
Saturday’s action will see two rounds of doubles play beginning at 9 a.m., and singles matches will start at 11 a.m.
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