Jan. 18, 2014
Charlottesville, Va. -
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.- Marshall tennis opened up its spring schedule, completing the first day of the UVa Winter Invite in Charlottesville, Va. The Herd faced competitors from Utah, VCU, and UVa.
The tournament was the first collegiate action for first-semester freshmen Derya Turhan (Bad Salzuflen, Germany) and Anna Pomyatinskaya (Sochi, Russia).
Turhan paired with fellow countryman Dana Oppinger (Sophomore-Weingarten, Germany) in doubles action, falling to Utah's Tereza Bekerova and Callie Craig 6-2. Senior Karli Timko (Houston, Pa.) partnered with Pomyatinskaya. The duo lost to Sarah Richter and Luisa Gerstner De Rosa of Utah in a 6-2 match.
"Anna is very talented and has a ton of potential," Timko said of her partner. "I can't wait to watch and help her grow and develop as a player."
The lone victory of the day came from doubles pairing Kai Broomfield (Toronto, Canada) and Rachael Morales (Reynoldsburg, Ohio) who defeated the Utes' Paige Miles and Sarah Pham in a 6-2 match.
In singles action, Turhan lost to Utah's Craig (5-7, 7-5, 10-8).
"I was very pleased with Derya's performance. She hasn't played a match in over a year, and she came out and fought really hard," coach John Mercer said of Turhan. "It just came down to the final few points."
Freshman Anne Gulsrud (Stavenger, Norway) was defeated by Sitilia Rencheli of VCU by scores of 4-6, 6-2, 10-8 to close out the first day.
"This was definitely a necessary step our new team needed to take together," Timko said. "There's no doubt it is going to take some work, patience, and meshing, but all things aside, it felt great being back out there and I am excited for what lies ahead for our young team."
The Herd returns to the court Sunday and will face competition from mainly Tennessee in the five team tournament.
"We're really excited to get some good matches in with Tennessee and see what tomorrow brings," Mercer said.