Nov. 2, 2013
CHARLESTON, S.C. – Marshall tennis completed day two of the College of Charleston Halloween Challenge on Saturday at the CofC Tennis Center in Mount Pleasant, S.C.
“Thought we had another very successful day,” coach John Mercer said. “With Karli (Timko) and Kai (Broomfield) winning against two very good opponents and Anne (Gulsrud) picking up another win, I felt like we competed well.”
In singles action sophomore Dana Oppinger (Weingarten, Germany) didn’t play due to her opponent being injured. Senior Karli Timko (Houston, Pa.) defeated Christy Sipes of North Carolina State (6-1, 7-6(5)) while junior Kai Broomfield (Toronto) won a (6-6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (2)) decision over Caroline Schnell of Denver. Freshman Rachael Morales (Reynoldsburg, Ohio) lost to Natalia Janowicz of NC State (6-2, 6-3) while fellow freshman Anne Gulsrud (Stavernger, Norway) knocked off Michelle Garpeniov of Denver (6-1, 6-1).
“It definitely wasn’t my prettiest of victories, especially playing through some nerves, some wind and all the crazy costal elements,” commented Timko. “But being able to fight through it and scrap a win on day two against a good player from the ACC is something to be proud of.”
Marshall dropped all three of its double matches on Saturday. In Flight 1, the pair of Oppinger and Timko lost an (8-1) decision to No.2 pair of Silvia Garcia and Kate Fuller of Georgia. In Flight 2, Broomfield and Morales dropped an (8-6) match to Kathryn Hughes and Maureen Slattery of Denver. In Flight 4, the odd pair of Marshall’s Gulsrud and Denver’s Michelle Garpenlov lost an (8-3) decision to Jamie Harrell and Samantha Maddox of CofC.
“Doubles was a little disappointing but Georgia certainly played like they were the No. 2 doubles team in the country,” added Mercer. “They just took it to us from the beginning and we never could get any momentum going. They are just good and sometimes you have to give them credit.”