@Herd_Tennis Continues Fall Season at Wake Forest Invitational
Three-day tournament features 18 teams
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — The Marshall women’s tennis team continues its fall season Friday when it competes in the Wake Forest Invitational in Winston-Salem, N.C.
In addition to host institution Wake Forest, the Herd will be joined in the tournament by Louisville, Liberty, Kansas State, Virginia, James Madison, Wright State, Winthrop, Appalachian State, Richmond, William and Mary, Davidson, Elon, Charlotte, East Carolina, Western Carolina and UNC Asheville
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Marshall opened the fall season with 11 overall match wins at the South Carolina Fall Invitational. The Herd too six doubles matches, winning two on each of the three days, and five singles matches, taking three on the first day and two on the final day of play.
The Herd is led by Daniela Dankanych, who posted a 5-1 record at the South Carolina Fall Invitational. Dankanych went 2-1 in singles play and a perfect 3-0 in doubles play with partner Anna Smith. Dankanych dropped her only match of the invitational Saturday in a third-set tiebreaker against South Carolina’s Megan Davies.
Freshmen Anna Smith and Ana Marhuenda each made an impact during their first matches with the Herd. Smith went 4-2 during the invitational, sweeping the three doubles matches with Dankanych and taking a singles match on the first day. Marhuenda won singles and doubles matches on the first day of play.
Marshall will rely heavily on the contributions of seniors Maddie Silver and Stephanie Smith this season. Silver and Smith were both Second Team All-Conference USA honorees last season and played a major role in helping the Herd earn the No. 3 seed in Conference USA. The duo combined for nearly 40 singles wins and over 20 wins during the 2016-17 season and helped the Herd reach the quarterfinals of the Conference USA tournament and finished with a 14-11 record in 2016-17.
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Marshall will compete against many of the teams in the field at the Wake Forest Invitational at other points in the fall and spring season. Marshall will play dual matches against Louisville, Winthrop and Liberty in the spring season. In addition, Marshall will see Liberty at the ITA Atlantic Regional along with Richmond, William and Mary, James Madison and Virginia.
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The Herd is back in action Oct. 13 at the ITA Atlantic Regional in Blacksburg, Va.