Tennis Starts Spring with Home/Road Doubleheader|
Jan. 17, 2013
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - A home/road doubleheader kicks off the 2013 Marshall spring tennis season on Friday beginning with a 10 a.m. match against Eastern Michigan.
The match with the Eagles at the Huntington Tennis Center precedes a 5 p.m. match with a different Eagles team, the one at Morehead State in Morehead, Ky.
While this is the Herd's first match of the spring, Eastern Michigan is already 1-1 on the season, defeating Nebraska-Kearny and losing to Nebraska last weekend in Lincoln, Neb.
Marshall returns nine players from last year's team which finished the season 13-10 and spent much of the year ranked in the top 75 nationally. That team also opened the season with Eastern Michigan, beating the Eagles 5-2 in Ypsilanti, Mich.
Marshall will be the first opponent of the season for Morehead State which finished last season with a 11-10 record. One of the Eagles defeats last season was a 7-0 loss to Marshall.
Dominika Zaprazna returns for her senior season after being named to the All-Conference USA First Team as a junior. She was ranked as high as No. 35 in the nation last season with partner Maria Voscekovain doubles. The duo, both from Bratislava, Slovakia, finished 15-4 in No. 1.
Zaprazna needs just seven more doubles wins to become the all-time doubles victory leader in Marshall tennis history.
Zaprazna also played No. 1 singles last season and finished 10-8 while Voscekova, now a junior, finished with a 13-6 record in No. 2 singles.
The lone newcomer this season is freshman Dana Oppinger from Weingarten, Germany.