Marshall Falls Short at ITA Atlantic Regional


Karlyn Timko

Karlyn Timko

Oct. 20, 2013

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Marshall tennis was unable to advance to the next round of the ITA Atlantic Regional today in Charlottesville, Va., hosted by Virginia.

“I would say that some of us played well today, some didn’t play so well and sometimes we were very streaky,” coach John Mercer said. “So in a nutshell we were all over the place and need to show a little more consistency in our level of play day-to-day.”

Senior Karli Timko (Houston, Pa.) and sophomore Dana Oppinger (Weingarten, Germany) lost to the No. 7 ranked pair in the country, Maria Belaya and Jeltje Loomans of William and Mary, 8-5. Belaya and Loomans won the doubles draw last year and the senior teammates look prime to accomplish that feat again.

“I feel like you have to give some credit to our opponents,” added Mercer. “Dana (Oppinger) and Karli (Timko) played a very good doubles match against the No. 7 team in the country in their 8-5 loss. They gave a very good effort and they did put themselves in a position to pull the upset and just couldn’t pull out a couple key points. But it was an excellent match by both teams.”

Oppinger also dropped a 7-5, 6-1 decision to Old Dominion’s freshman Ingrid Vojcinakova.

Marshall will return to action Nov. 1-3 when they travel to Charleston (S.C.) to play in the College of Charleston Halloween Challenge.

“We’ll get back to practice and look forward to the final tournament of the fall in Charleston (S.C.) against College of Charleston, Denver and Georgia,” concluded Mercer.