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Marshall Set for Weekend in Virginia

Dana Oppinger will look to help the Herd to a weekend sweep.

March 27, 2014

MATCH 16:  MARSHALL (10-5, 0-0 C-USA) at OLD DOMINION (9-4, 1-0 C-USA)
Friday, Mar. 28 – 1 p.m. ET
Norfolk, Va. | Folkes-Stevens Tennis Center

MATCH 17:  MARSHALL (10-5, 0-0 C-USA) at VCU (8-7, 0-0 A-10)
Sunday, Mar. 30 – 11 a.m. ET
Richmond, Va. | Thalhimer Tennis Center

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – With just six dual matches remaining in the regular season this spring, the Marshall tennis team will look to become victorious in its lone Conference USA contest of the year versus Old Dominion before taking on VCU in a pair of weekend road contests on Friday and Sunday, respectively.

Starting off a five-game road stretch, the Thundering Herd faced two ranked teams in the state of Utah in No. 27 Utah and No. 71 BYU. Unfortunately for the Marshall squad, both dual matches ended in 5-2 defeats for the visiting Herd.

With the pair of defeats, Marshall has now lost two in a row and is 2-4 against ranked opponents in dual matches this spring. After having appeared in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) rankings for five-straight weeks, the two-game losing streak knocked the Herd out of the rankings.

For opposing doubles pairs, senior Karli Timko (Houston, Pa.) and freshman Anna Pomyatinskaya (Sochi, Russia) have caused issues on the court in a majority of matches this season. Timko and Pomyatinskaya are 9-2 this season as a pair and have found a home in the No. 2 doubles spot where they have posted 8-2 record with seven-straight wins in the spot.

The Herd is 5-4 this season in road contests and 1-3 on the road versus ranked foes. Marshall’s road winning percentage of 55.6 looks mediocre in comparison to its 83.3 winning percentage at home in six dual matches with a 5-1 mark.

Fresh off of a 4-0 dual match drubbing of East Carolina on Wednesday, Mar. 26, Old Dominion faces the Herd for match number three of a five-match home stand. The Monarchs have been tough to top on its home courts this spring, posting a 7-1 record at the Folkes-Stevens Tennis Center this season.

Marshall’s contest with Old Dominion will serve as the lone C-USA dual match for the Herd during the regular season. The Monarchs are currently in their first full season as C-USA members.

Having started the spring season in an up and down fashion as part of a four game winning streak and a four game losing skid, VCU most recently defeated George Washington, 7-0, on Mar. 22 after having lost the two contests prior.

As of the most recent ITA rankings (Mar. 25), a pair of Rams find themselves ranked in singles. Sophomore Yukako Noi sits at No. 105 in the ranks, while junior Cincy Chala checks in at No. 110.

Marshall will conclude its streak of five-straight road contests with a dual match against Winthrop on Friday, Apr. 4 at 11 a.m. ET.