Herd Tennis' Upset Bid Falls Short Against Virginia
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BARBOURSVILLE, W.Va. – In a match that could have gone either way, the No. 52 ranked Virginia Cavaliers pulled out a 5-2 win against the No. 64 ranked Marshall Thundering Herd in women’s tennis action Friday evening at the Huntington Tennis Club.
“I think we learned a lot from today,” Marshall head coach John Mercer said. “We did a good job in doubles and in singles to put ourselves in position to pickup a great win. Unfortunately we just couldn’t pull out a couple three-setters.”
Marshall drops to 3-3 on the season after the loss while Virginia improves to 3-2. The loss marks the first time Marshall has dropped back-to-back matches since the first two contests of last season when it fell to Kentucky and these same Virginia Cavaliers. Marshall is winless all-time against UVA.
Minus senior All-American Ashley Kroh (Louisville, Ky.), who missed the match with an ankle injury,the Herd got off to a stellar start after taking the doubles point. The No. 60 ranked duo of Joelle Good (Zurich, Switzerland) and Danielle Hock (Wigan, England) got things going by knocking of the No. 23 ranked duo of Diana Srebrovic and Douglas Wink, 8-4. At No. 3 doubles, Lille Nzudie (Douala, Cameroon) and Alizee Paradis (Quebec City, Canada) clinched the first point for Marshall with an 8-3 win.
At No. 2 doubles freshman Jeanne Schwartz (West Palm Beach, Fla.) and her partner Shannon Brown (Overland Park, Kan.), who filled in for Kroh, came up short 8-5, but the doubles point was already decided.
The Herd needed three singles wins to come up with a victory in the match and it got off to a good start with Hock picking up an impressive win at No. 3 over Lori Stern to give the Herd a 2-0 edge over the Wahoos. Despite the Herd’s knocking on the door of an upset, the Cavaliers weren’t about to go away quietly.
No. 67 ranked Srebrovic fought past Nzudie and No. 1 singles in a hotly contested matchup, 6-4, 6-3. Srebrovic has been ranked as high as No. 131 in the World Tennis Association rankings.
The Cavaliers continued to put pressure on the Herd in spots 2,4,5 as each match went down to the wire.
At No. 2, Good fought back to win her second set after dropping the first 3-6 to force a deciding third. Kristen James went on to pick up the win 6-3, 2-6, 6-3. A similar occurrence happened at No. 5 where Paradis wasn’t able to close out the third set.
Schwartz handily won her first set against Dora Beckliwanis 6-0, but couldn’t close out the win in the second and third set. Beckliwanis fought back to win 0-6, 6-4, 6-4 to clinch it for Virginia.
Lindsey Pereira closed out the match at No. 6 with another close win 6-4, 5-7 1-0 (7) in the ten-point tiebreaker for the third set.
“Virginia is a great talented team,” Mercer said. “We definitely had some opportunities, but we’ll take a lot with us from this match and learn from it. These are the matches we’re excited to play. We’ll get better from this and hopefully come out and play a good match on Sunday.
The competition stays tough Sunday at noon for the Herd when it plays host to No. 43 South Alabama at the Huntington Tennis Club. The Jaguars are 5-0 on the year and will play Virginia Saturday at 11 a.m. at the HTC.
No. 1 #67 Srebrovic def. Nzudie 6-4, 6-3
No. 2 James def. Good 6-3, 2-6, 6-3
No. 3 Hock def. Stern 6-4, 6-3
No. 4 D. Bechliwanis def. Schwartz 0-6, 6-4, 6-No. 5 Bruch def. Paradis 6-3, 4-6, 6-1
No. 6 Pereira def. Asel 6-4, 5-7, 1-0 (7)
No. 1 - #46 Joelle Good/Danielle Hock def. #21 Douglas Wink/Diana Srebrovic 8-4
No. 2 - Lori Stern/Kristen James def. Jeanne Schwartz/Shannon Brown 8-5
No. 3 - Lille Nzudie/Ali Paradis def. Caroline Hammond/Lindsey Pereira 8-3