March 17, 2014
MATCH 14: No. 65 MARSHALL (10-3, 0-0 C-USA) at No. 37 UTAH (9-4, 0-0 Pac-12)
Tuesday, Mar. 18 – 7 p.m. ET
Salt Lake City, Utah | George S. Eccles Tennis Center
MATCH 15: No. 65 MARSHALL (10-3, 0-0 C-USA) at No. 64 BYU (4-6, 0-0 WCC)
Thursday, Mar. 20 – 2 p.m. ET
Provo, Utah | Indoor Tennis Courts
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – As its Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) ranking continues to improve, the No. 65 Marshall tennis team will take on No. 37 Utah and No. 64 BYU on Tuesday and Thursday, respectively, in the state of Utah to kick off five-straight road matches for the Thundering Herd.
HAVE YOU HERD?
The last time Marshall took the court was on Mar. 8 for a double-match day against No. 74 Liberty and Division II member West Virginia State. The Herd won both contests with 7-0 sweeps at the Huntington Tennis Center.
With the Kelly green squad having posted a flawless scorecard on the day, Marshall’s singles competitors have now won a combined 14 singles matches. Senior Karli Timko (Houston, Pa.) has been dependable this season with a 9-2 overall record in doubles play and a 10-2 mark in singles matches. Timko has won nine of her last 10 singles matches.
Since starting the season 3-2, the Herd has won three straight dual matches and seven of its last eight to climb into the ITA team rankings.
Marshall first checked in at No. 70 (Feb. 18) and has appeared in the rankings in every week since, with its highest rank so far this season having been No. 59 (Feb. 25) after road wins over Iowa State (Feb. 22) and Minnesota (Feb. 23).
SCOUTING THE UTES
No. 37 Utah has lost its last two dual matches, to No. 1 UCLA (Mar. 14) and No. 10 USC (Mar. 16), both on its home courts in Pac-12 play. The Utes are 5-4 this season against ranked opponents and 3-2 at home, with all five matches having been against ranked foes.
The dual match against the Herd will be the fourth in eight days for the Utes, capping a busy week in which Utah will have faced four ranked teams.
SCOUTING THE COUGARS
BYU has currently lost its last two contests and three of its last five, but still sits at 64th in the ITA rankings as of Mar. 11. Its contest with Marshall will be the third straight for the Cougars against ranked teams. The Thursday dual match will be the first home contest of the season for the Herd.
In six matches this season against ranked opponents, BYU is 1-5 and looking to improve its mark when the Herd comes to the Indoor Tennis Courts in Provo.
After its two-match week out west, the Herd will have a week off before retaking the road to take on Old Dominion on Friday, Mar. 28 at 1 p.m. ET.