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.
Also returning are sophomores Ellie Ball and Kai Broomfield, juniors Kelsi Halbert, Lexy Kessel, Wittlee Retton and Karlyn Timko and senior Kara Kucin.
The lone newcomer this season is freshman Dana Oppinger from Weingarten, Germany.