March 31, 2011
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – The No. 51 Marshall University tennis team continues its home stand this weekend as the Thundering Herd welcomes Louisville on Friday afternoon, then looks for one more marquee win on Sunday against No. 33 VCU.
The Herd (13-4) is coming off a split last weekend, suffering a 5-2 loss at the hands of Winthrop, then rebounding for a 4-3 victory over Penn State.
Louisville enters on a three match winning-streak and carries an 11-6 overall record. No. 33 VCU, the reigning CAA champion, boasts an overall record of 16-3.
VCU and MU have shared three common opponents in Penn State, Virginia Tech and Winthrop this season. The Rams are 3-0 in those matches while the Herd is 2-1.
Sunday’s No. 1 doubles contest will be a battle of nationally-ranked tandems as No. 33 Michaela Kissell and Dominika Zaprazna (14-0) look to stay undefeated against No. 29 Alex Bara and Kateryna Yergina (13-2).
Due to unpredictable pattern behavior of the Tri-State Area jet-stream, the location of Friday’s match with Louisville is still to be determined. If the temperature is warm enough and rain clouds hold off, the match will be played outside at the Brian David Fox Tennis Courts on campus. If not, the match will be moved inside to the Huntington Tennis Club in Barboursville, W.Va.
The Herd and the Cardinals tangle at 1 p.m. on Friday. The match with VCU is scheduled for Sunday at 12 p.m. Fans can follow live stats (if the match is played on campus) by logging on to the front page of herdzone.com.