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Women's Tennis Prepares for Harvard and No. 71 Boston College

March 12, 2008

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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The Marshall University's women's tennis team will travel to Massachusetts to face Harvard University (0-8) and No. 71 Boston College (7-3), Friday and Saturday, to begin the Thundering Herd's seven-match road trip.

In the latest ITA rankings, the 60th-ranked Herd will begin the road trip against the Crimson, Friday, at 3 p.m. at the Beren Tennis Center in Cambridge, Mass. Friday's match will be the first contest between Marshall and Harvard.

"We will play a strong Ivy League team with success," Marshall's head coach John Mercer said. "Harvard's match will be a good challenge for us."

Marshall will then square-off against the Eagles at 10 a.m. at the Flynn Recreation Complex and the Weymouth Club in Chestnut Hill, Mass. This match will also be the first meeting between schools.

"We are excited to play Boston College," Coach Mercer continued. "They are another ACC and ranked opponent for us to challenge."

Marshall's Kellie Schmitt (Pittsburgh, Pa.) (107th) was selected Conference USA Player of the Week, as announced by the conference office Tuesday, for the third time this season and seventh of her career. Schmitt holds a 13-1 singles record at the number one position with victories last weekend over Old Dominion's Charleen Haarhoff, 6-0, 6-0, and Michigan State's Christine Bader, 6-2, 7-5.

Playing mostly at the two spot, Karolina Soor (Lindesberg, Sweden) stands at 6-6, Isabell Raich (Klaus, Austria) is 10-4 while Jeanne Schwartz (West Palm Beach, Fla.) is 9-5. Thaddea Lock (Bristol, England) is 7-5 at the number five mark, Jessica Keener (Reston, Va.) 7-2 at the six, and Yulia Kashelkina (Moscow, Russia) stands 6-2 in singles competition.

Schmitt and Soor (16th) hold a perfect 12-0 doubles record for the Herd so far this season. The doubles pair defeated the Monarch's Nadine Fahoum and Haarhoff, 8-2, and Bader and Whitney Wilson of Michigan State, 8-4, last weekend.

Raich and Lock stand at 7-6 at the No. 2 position, while Keener and Kashelkina are 10-3 at the number three slot so far this season. Against Michigan State, Keener and Kashelkina fought back from a 7-4 deficit to defeat Stephanie Kebler and Lindsey Lonergan, 9-7, for the doubles point.

"We are looking forward to the trip to Boston," Coach Mercer added. "We hope to pick up two quality victories."

The Herd stands at 2-3 against nationally-ranked foes so far this season.