March 5, 2010
PRINCETON, N.J. - The undefeated No. 28 Marshall University women's tennis team puts its perfect record on the line this weekend with matches against two nationally-ranked opponents, with one coming on the road and one at home.
The Herd (11-0) travels to Princeton, N.J., on Saturday afternoon to do battle with the No. 44 Princeton Tigers of the Ivy League. Princeton brings a 7-4 record to the court and has won three-of-four matches.
The marquee match to keep an eye is in first doubles as the team of No. 30 Michaela Kissell and Dominika Zaprazna (8-2) face the Tigers duo of No. 28 Taylor Marble and Hilary Bartlett (8-3). The match is slated to start at 10 a.m.
The Herd then comes home to Huntington for a clash with the No. 27 Virginia Cavaliers on Monday afternoon at 2 p.m. at the Huntington Tennis Center.
UVA holds a record of 8-2 and is riding a five match winning-streak. Before arriving in Huntington on Monday, the Cavaliers make a pit stop in Richmond, Va., for a match with the University of Richmond Spiders.
On paper, the match with UVA looks to be one of the Herd's most competitive of the season. The Cavaliers boast the No. 35 doubles pairing of Lindsey Hardenbergh and Erin Vierra, while first singles will see a battle of ranked players in No. 33 Kissell vs. No. 43 Hardenbergh.
The two upcoming matches mark the third and fourth consecutive contents with nationally-ranked opponents for the Herd, who is already 5-0 against ranked foes this season.
Junior Catherine Kellner is leading Conference USA in wins at 11-0, while senior Deanna Bailey is second in that category as she is also unbeaten at 10-0.
The Herd's match with UVA on Monday is its last home match until April 10th when Marshall hosts a tri-match with the University of Cincinnati and the University of Pittsburgh.