Day One at ITA Atlantic Regionals in the Books


Dana Oppinger

Dana Oppinger

Oct. 18, 2013

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Marshall tennis completed the first day of ITA Atlantic Regional today in Charlottesville, Va., hosted by Virginia.

Freshman Rachael Morales (Reynoldsburg, Ohio) advanced to the round of 64, main singles draw on Friday by going 2-0 in the singles qualifying draw. Morales defeated Kristina Eisenbrand of Saint Joseph’s (6-2,4-6, 6-2) and Georgetown’s Sophie Barnard (5-7, 6-2, 6-1). Morales will face Old Dominion’s Nika Khmolovska, Saturday at 2:30 p.m. ET.

“I’m really impressed once against with Rachael (Morales) and her fighting attitude,” coach John Mercer said. “To pull out two three-set victories against quality opponents is great to see.”

Marshall’s Kai Broomfield (Toronto, Canada) and Rachael Morales lost an 8-6 match to Maryland’s teams of sisters, Nataliya and Olga Bredikina. Dana Oppinger (Weingarten, Germany) and Karli Timko (Houston, Pa.) got a bye in round one and will face Maria Khval and Belen Rivera of Liberty Saturday at 9 a.m.

In singles action, Timko will face William and Mary’s Jeltje Loomans at 1 p.m., while Broomfield will take on S. Nandakumar of Virginia Tech also at 1 p.m. Oppinger will challenge Amanda Wickman of Pittsburg at 2:30 p.m.

“Everyone is looking forward to tomorrow and the chance to pick up some good quality results,” said Mercer.