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April 16, 2008
IRVING, TEXAS - The Marshall University's women's tennis team's Karolina Soor (Lindesberg, Sweden) was selected as Conference USA Player of the Week, as announced Tuesday by the conference office. The weekly honor is Soor's first career accolade and ninth overall in the tennis program history.
The Thundering Herd's singles player went 3-1 last week as Marshall (50th) upset No. 56 Virginia Tech, 4-3, and 39th-ranked Louisville, 5-2.
"We are really proud of her," Marshall's head coach John Mercer said. "She did a great job competing all week and it is good to go into conference play on a positive note."
The junior downed the 120th-ranked Yasmin Hamza of Virginia Tech, 7-5, 4-6, 6-2, at the number two position to clinch the match for the Herd. The 31st-ranked pair of Soor and Kellie Schmitt (Pittsburgh, Pa.) took an 8-2 decision over the Hokies' duo of Jessica Brouwer and J.J. Larson at the number one mark.
Playing the number three slot, Soor fell to the Cardinals' Bianca Gorbea, 7-6, 3-6, 10-6. Soor and Schmitt (31st) defeated Louisville's pair of Gorbea and Natalia Baez, 8-4, at the number one.
Soor helped the Herd close out the 2008 season, 15-8. The Herd will be the No. 2 seed in the upcoming C-USA Women's Tennis Championship with the Herd's first match set for Friday at 2 p.m. CT.
Soor joined teammate Schmitt with C-USA POW honors this season. Schmitt earned three for 2008, March 11, Jan. 23 and 29.
Marshall will travel to Houston, Texas, April 17-20, to compete for the elite C-USA title against ten other conference opponents, including 48th-ranked University of Tulsa and 64th-ranked Rice University. The University of Houston will host the tournament with action played at the John E. Hoff Courts. SMU's Natalia Bubien stands 105th with the pair of Bubien and Pavi Francis as the 40th-ranked duo. Brackets are available at http://conferenceusa.cstv.com/championships/08-w-tennis-championship.html.