Herd Tennis Readies For Match at Richmond





Herd Tennis Readies For Match at Richmond

3/3/2005


Freshman Shannon Brown and the Herd look to get on a roll with three non-conference matches before beginning MAC play in three weeks.
Photo by Matt Riley

Richmond, Va. - The Thundering Herd women's tennis team begins its month long road swing with Friday's match at the University of Richmond.

Marshall (5-5) enters the match ranked No. 73 in the nation and will face a Richmond Spiders team that is 2-4 after a loss to No. 62 Maryland two weeks ago. Marshall lost to No. 72 Penn State in its last outing, 4-3.

In last season's meeting with the Spiders, the Herd picked up a hard-fought, 4-3 win in Huntington. Marshall is 2-1 all-time against Richmond.

"Last season it was really close and competitive," Marshall head coach John Mercer said. "We look for the same thing this year because they're a good program and they have the same team coming back. We always look forward to the challenge of playing Richmond."

Richmond's wins this year are against East Tennessee State and Rutgers. Three of the Spiders four losses have came to ranked teams in the form of William and Mary, Virginia Commonwealth and Maryland. Seven of Marshall's first nine opponents have been ranked in the ITA Top 75 this season.

After playing Richmond, the Herd will take a week off before heading to Southern California for a pair of matches in San Diego against Washington State and the University of San Diego.

"Hopefully we can play well on Friday and get moving in a positive direction as we head to California and get ready for Conference play because it's right around the corner," Mercer said.

The match versus the Spiders is scheduled to begin around 5 p.m. at the Country Club of Virginia.