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Herd to Play Two in Two Days at EKU, Louisville

The Herd will look to keep its doubles success rolling as it heads into Kentucky

April 9, 2014

MATCH 19:  No. 72 MARSHALL (12-6, 1-0 C-USA) at EASTERN KENTUCKY (12-8, 9-1 OVC)
Thursday, April 10 - 1 p.m. ET
Richmond, Ky. | Tom Higgins Outdoor Tennis Courts

MATCH 20:  No. 72 MARSHALL (12-6, 1-0 C-USA) at No. 55 LOUISVILLE (11-4, 2-1 AAC)
Friday, April 11 - 4 p.m. ET
Louisville, Ky. | Bass-Rudd Tennis Center

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - With no more home contests remaining this spring, the No. 72 Marshall women's tennis team will retake the road this weekend for two of its three final regular season contests. First up will be Eastern Kentucky on Thursday, April 10, followed by No. 55 Louisville on Friday, April 11, with Marshall looking to use both dual matches as litmus tests before postseason play.

On a day meant to honor the career of senior Karli Timko (Houston, Pa.), the Thundering Herd seized the day en route to downing Cincinnati, 6-1, at the Brian David Fox Tennis Center on Sunday afternoon.

Out of the nine matches that were played (three doubles and six singles), Marshall won eight of those in dominating fashion with the exception of the No. 1 singles match which the Bearcats won.

From the No. 2 down to the No. 6 singles positions, Marshall has a winning record in each spot thus far with season for an overall mark of 58-32 this spring. In doubles play, the Herd has winning marks in the No. 2 and 3 spots for an overall record of 25-8.

The duo of Timko and freshman Anna Pomyatinskaya (Sochi, Russia) has continued to cause trouble for opposing doubles pairs this season as the two are 12-2 as a team, 11-2 in the No. 2 spot. Heading into the weekend, Timko and Pomyatinskaya have 10-straight wins in doubles play.



Out of the Herd's 18 dual matches this spring, 11 have been played away from home and Marshall has posted an overall record of 6-5 in those contests. The Herd is 2-0 at neutral locations and 4-5 in true road matches.

Having won nine of its last 10 dual matches to secure a winning record in the spring, EKU will step out of Ohio Valley Conference play to host Marshall in what will serve as a regular-season finale for the Colonels. Most recently, EKU rebounded from a loss on April 5 to shutout Austin Peay, 7-0, on April 7.

EKU is among the best in OVC tennis as they lead the league with a 9-1 mark with a win over then-No. 74 Eastern Illinois. The Colonels are 1-3 this season against teams that were ranked at the time of the meeting.

Checking in at No. 55 in the most recent Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) rankings, April 9, Louisville posted a streak of eight-straight dual match victories in the middle of the season, but has since cooled off to go 2-2 in its last four contests. Most recently the Cardinals fell at home to Tulsa, 4-3, on Sunday, April 6.

The defeat to the Golden Hurricane served as the first loss of the season for Louisville at home as the Cards are now 6-1 this spring on its home courts. A similar opponent for the two sides can be found in a Cincinnati squad that Louisville swept, 7-0, back on Feb. 9.

Marshall will close out the regular season on Tuesday, April 15 at VCU in a dual match that was originally scheduled for Mar. 30, but was postponed due to poor weather conditions. The makeup will begin at 11:00 a.m. ET from Richmond, Va.