Oct. 21, 2011
NORFOLK, Va.- A majority of the ladies on the Marshall University tennis team enjoyed a day of rest on Friday, but for Kara Kucin and Kristina Koprcina, it was a typical, hardworking day on the court.
For Kucin, the action-packed Friday began at 11:00 a.m. when the junior squared-off against Richmond's Melissa Kandinata in the first round of the singles qualifier. Kucin fell in an early 4-6 hole, but rallied to take 6-3 and 6-4 sets in the comeback win.
"Kara played a competitive first match and got a good win over a solid Richmond opponent," said Head Coach John Mercer.
Unfortunately for Kucin, her efforts to automatically qualify ended with a next-round defeat to Georgetown's Lauren Greco. Her only hope of entering the tournament will now come as a third alternate in tomorrow's draw.
Kucin didn't let her earlier results dissuade her, though, as she returned to the court to team-up with doubles partner Kristina Koprcina for a 4:00 p.m. match against the Delaware pair of Safron and Sundstrom. The Marshall tandem then gutted-out a 9-7 win to advance to the next round against William and Mary's No. 3 seeded pair of Belaya and Loomans at 9:00 a.m. tomorrow morning.
"I've been telling the girls to be careful about letting earlier matches carryover," said Mercer. "I'm hoping we avoid that and come out and play well tomorrow."
Marshall has three doubles matches and five singles matches on tomorrow's schedule, and the complete times, draws, and brackets can be viewed here, on the event's official website, or by reviewing the release posted yesterday on herdzone.com.