March 28, 2013
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - For the first time in Huntington this season, the Marshall tennis team will play a match under the sun instead of florescent lights as it takes on Pittsburgh Friday before hosting No. 38 VCU Sunday at the Brian David Fox Tennis Center.
Weather permitting, it's the first time this season that the on-campus facility will be in use. The Thundering Herd (8-9) had been playing indoors at the Huntington Tennis Club due to the chilly and wet conditions. If the weather turns unfavorable this weekend, all matches will be moved to the indoor facility.
Marshall, which is coming off a 5-2 loss to No. 52 SMU on Sunday in Las Vegas, Nev., will face Pittsburgh (8-6) will play at 2 p.m. on Friday. The Panthers have won four consecutive matches and is led by sophomore Amanda Wickman who is putting together one of the most successful seasons in program history with a 13-1 record in singles. Wickman has primarily played No. 4 singles for the Panthers. Taylor Washington has been the No. 1 singles player with a record of 8-6 overall (7-6 in No. 1 singles).
The Herd will face nationally-ranked VCU (14-4) on Sunday at 11 a.m. The Rams are coming off a 6-1 win over long-standing rival Old Dominion for its fifth-straight win. Sophomore Cindy Chala leads the Rams as its No. 1 singles player.
Junior Karlyn Timko has won her last 10 matches and has a 13-3 overall record. Senior Dominika Zaprazna is 6-11 this season, all at the No. 1 singles position. Nearly half (0-5) of her matches have come against nationally ranked competition.