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Five @Herd_Tennis Members Earn All-Conference Accolades

Seniors (L-R) Rachael Morales (Third Team Singles), Derya Turhan (First Team Singles, Second Team Doubles) and Anna Pomyatinskaya (Third Team Singles, Second Team Doubles) earned All-Conference USA honors.
April 28, 2017

IRVING, Texas — Five members of the Marshall women’s tennis team earned All-Conference honors, the league office announced Friday.
 
Senior Derya Turhan was the lone representative for the Herd on the All-Conference USA Singles First Team. Juniors Maddie Silver and Stephanie Smith made the All-Conference USA Singles Second Team. Seniors Rachael Morales and Anna Pomyatinskaya garnered All-Conference USA Singles Third Team honors. Turhan and Pomyatinskaya also were selected to the All-Conference USA Doubles Second Team.
 
“We are very proud of the entire group. They are all excellent students as well as athletes. They are great representatives for Marshall University and have earned this recognition,” head coach John Mercer said.
 
Turhan was selected to the first team for the third consecutive year. She made the second team in 2014. Turhan finished her Marshall career by going 30-8 this season, including an 18-4 record in dual match play while playing every match at the No. 1 spot. The 30 singles wins rank seventh in school history for a single season. Turhan was a perfect 4-0 against nationally ranked opponents and went 3-0 against regionally ranked opponents. Turhan was the runner-up in the singles bracket of the ITA Atlantic regional, earned the preseason No. 1 regional ranking in the ITA Atlantic region and spent seven weeks in the ITA national rankings, reaching as high as No. 90. Turhan was also the 2016 Conference USA Player of the Year and the 2016 ITA Atlantic Region Most Improved Player.
 
Silver earned All-Conference honors for the second time in her career. She was selected to the All-Conference USA Singles Second Team in 2015 in addition to this year’s second team selection. Silver earned a 26-10 record this season, including a 15-6 record in dual match play while playing primarily at the No. 3 spot. Silver went 1-1 against nationally ranked opponents and 1-1 against regionally ranked opponents. She also had a 1-1 record in Conference USA matches and won a match in the conference tournament for the Herd. Silver reached the Round of 16 at the ITA Atlantic Regional after having to win the qualifying bracket to earn a spot in the main draw. She earned the preseason No. 9 regional ranking in the ITA Atlantic Region and spent eight weeks in the ITA national rankings, reaching as high as No. 82.
 
Smith earned All-Conference honors in her first season with the Herd after transferring from Indiana. The junior had a 20-12 record this season, including a 13-6 record in dual match play while playing primarily at the No. 1 spot. Smith did not face a nationally ranked opponent this season, but went 2-0 against regionally ranked opponents. Smith reached the Round of 16 at the ITA Atlantic Regional. Smith also compiled a 21-8 record in doubles matches, playing primarily with freshman Daniela Dankanych. The duo recorded the best record for the Herd during the dual match season, going 11-4 during the spring.
 
Morales earned third team honors for the fourth consecutive year. The senior compiled an overall record of 18-15, including a 13-8 record in dual match play while playing primarily at the No. 5 spot. Morales won her only Conference USA regular season match and won a pair of matches at the conference tournament for the Herd. Morales reached the Round of 32 at the ITA Atlantic Regional and paired with Smith to earn the preseason No. 5 doubles regional ranking in the ITA Atlantic region, though she played most of her doubles matches this season with Silver.
 
Pomyatinskaya earned All-Conference honors for the fourth time in her career. This year marks the third time that she was selected to the third team. Pomyatinskaya was selected to the first team in 2015. Pomyatinskaya compiled an overall record of 15-13, including a 13-10 record in dual match play while playing primarily at the No. 4 spot. Pomyatinskaya did not win a Conference USA match during the regular season, but won her match in the first round of the conference tournament for the Herd. She closed the season by winning four of her final six matches.
 
Turhan and Pomyatinskaya earned All-Conference doubles honors for the third time as a pairing. Turhan made the 2014 third team prior to playing with Pomyatinskaya. Turhan and Pomyatinskaya were selected to the second team in 2015 and the first team in 2016. The duo compiled an overall record of 17-8, including an 11-5 record in dual match play while playing at the No. 1 spot. The pair won two matches against ranked opponents, including their only Conference USA match against then-No. 65 Lindsey Hodge and Wendy Zhang of Rice. The pair earned the No. 2 preseason doubles regional ranking in the ITA Atlantic region and was the runner-up in the doubles bracket of the ITA Atlantic Regional. Turhan and Pomyatinskaya have been nationally ranked for the past four weeks, reaching as high as No. 58.
 
The Herd finished the season with an overall record 14-10. Marshall reached the quarterfinals of the Conference USA tournament before falling to WKU.
 
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