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@Herd_Tennis Inks Two for 2017-18

Anna Smith (left) and Ana Marhuenda (right) will join the Herd for the 2017-18 season
May 10, 2017

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — The Marshall women’s tennis team has added a pair of players for the 2017-18 season, head coach John Mercer announced Wednesday.
The Herd received national letters of intent from Anna Smith (Venetia, Pa.) and Ana Marhuenda (Almería, Spain).
“Anna and Ana are two players who will immediately help our team both next year and throughout their careers at Marshall. Both have had successful prep careers and we believe that their game will transition well to the collegiate stage,” Mercer said.
Smith is a four-star recruit and is currently ranked 77th in the national recruiting rankings. She is the No. 2 recruit in the state of Pennsylvania. Smith collected seven wins over blue chip and five-star prospects in the past year. Smith was a doubles quarterfinalist at the Canadian Junior ITF tournament, a doubles finalist at the USTA National L3 tournament and won the backdraw of the USTA National L3. Smith’s sister Stephanie is a rising senior for the Herd.
Marhuenda currently plays for Club de Tennis El Ejido, where she has been a five-time regional club champion in Andalucía. She is a two-time regional champion and a two-time regional finalist in Andalucía. Marhuenda was previously a finalist in the under-16 Mutua Madrid Open and was a finalist in the National Young Promises Open in Spain.
Marshall finished the 2017 season with a 14-10 record. The Herd defeated four opponents from Power Five conferences along with Big South Conference champion Winthrop. The Herd was ranked as high as 37th this season and featured a pair of ranked singles players (Maddie Silver and Derya Turhan) along with a ranked doubles team (Turhan and Anna Pomyatinskaya) for parts of the season. Turhan was also the runner-up in the singles and doubles brackets at the ITA Atlantic Regional.
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