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Herd Opens Tournament Play vs. LA Tech

Entering Friday, Marshall has won a C-USA Tournament game in each of the past seven seasons

April 17, 2014

MATCH 21:  No. 4  MARSHALL (13-7, 1-0 C-USA) vs. No. 5 LOUISIANA TECH (15-6, 4-1 C-USA)
Friday, April 18 – 2 p.m. ET
Norfolk, Va. | Folkes-Stevens Tennis Center

Championship Central

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – After having appeared in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association for a total of five weeks this spring, the Marshall women’s tennis team will look to prove its prowess as the No. 4-seed in the Conference USA Tournament against No. 5-seed Louisiana Tech in the quarterfinals on Friday at 2 p.m.

Playing two contests in as many days, the Thundering Herd split the dual matches with a 5-2 win at Eastern Kentucky on Thursday and a 4-3 loss at No. 55 Louisville on Friday. The loss to the Cardinals snapped a two-match win streak for Marshall.

The Herd has won the doubles point in each of its last five dual matches. While the opening point has helped Marshall get ahead, it hasn’t been the deciding factor with a 3-2 mark in those five contests.

Scheduled to make up a postponed dual match vs. VCU from Mar. 30, the Herd was unable to make up the match on April 15 due to additional inclement weather conditions.

From the No. 3 down to the No. 6 singles positions; Marshall has a winning record in each spot thus far with season for an overall mark of 56-24 this spring. In doubles play, the Herd has winning marks in the No. 2 and 3 spots for an overall record of 28-8.

The duo of senior Karli Timko (Houston, Pa.) and freshman Anna Pomyatinskaya (Sochi, Russia) has continued to cause trouble for opposing doubles pairs this season as the two are 14-2 as a team, 13-2 in the No. 2 spot. Heading into Tuesday, Timko and Pomyatinskaya have 12-straight wins in doubles play.



Out of the Herd’s 20 dual matches this spring, 13 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 5-6 in true road matches.

After having won the spring opener in January, LA Tech ran off 11-straight dual match wins before cooling off for the remainder of the season. Over the last eight contests of the regular season, the Lady Techsters posted a 3-5 mark to take the No.5 seed with a 3-1 mark in C-USA play.

Most recently, LA Tech defeated No. 12-seed UAB on Thursday afternoon, 4-1. After the Blazers swept all three doubles contests to go ahead 1-0 in the dual match, the Lady Techsters won four-straight singles matches on the No. 1, 2, 4 and 6 courts to close out the contest and advance into the quarterfinals.

With a win, Marshall will play in Saturday’s semifinals of the C-USA Tournament at 12 p.m. against the winner of No. 1 Tulsa and No. 9 Middle Tennessee.