Tennis Duo Downs No. 23 Oregon before Falling to Illinois|
Oct. 3, 2012
PACIFIC PALISADES, Calif.- Senior Dominika Zaprazna and junior Maria Voscekova of the Marshall University women’s tennis team pulled off their second upset of a nationally ranked doubles opponent on Wednesday with an 8-2 victory over Oregon’s Patricia Skowronski and Sofia Hager to advance to the final round of qualifying against Illinois’ Melissa Kopinski and Rachael White at the Riviera/ITA All-American Championships.
In the finals, the Marshall duo took a 5-3 lead but allowed the Illinois’ team to stage a 5-1 swing and take the match at 8-6. Had the Herd ladies managed to win the match, they would have advanced to the main draw of the doubles tournament against more of the nation’s top tandems.
As it stands, the Marshall team was able to make some noise at the tournament, securing two wins over nationally ranked opposition (No. 45 Nebraska and No. 23 Oregon) while putting itself in prime position to advance to the final stage of one of college tennis’s most prestigious tournaments. The Herd’s two top ladies will now take a break from the action while Head Coach John Mercer and the rest of the team head to William & Mary for a three day tournament in Williamsburg, Va.
“We had a 5-3 lead today and just couldn’t finish it,” said Mercer. “We had some good opportunities but just didn’t capitalize. That’s all I can ask for, though. We were right in there.”
Zaprazna and Voscekova are now 4-3 as a doubles team this fall and will next play at the ITA Atlantic Regionals in late October.