Herd Concludes Fall Season at Kitty Harrison
Nov. 11, 2012
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- The Marshall University women’s tennis team wrapped up its fall season on Sunday afternoon with several impressive performances at UNC’s Kitty Harrison Invitational.
On a weekend when the Thundering Herd placed representatives in four of the six possible finals matches, junior Karli Timko and freshman Dana Oppinger made the biggest splash for the Marshall team by taking first place honors in the White Draw doubles championship. Facing Virginia Tech’s Isel Martinez-Marcos and Ilinca Stoica, the Herd duo fought its way to a well-deserved 8-6 victory for the title.
Marshall’s other doubles tandem present in the White Draw, sophomores Kai Broomfield and Ellie Ball, also made its presence known with an 8-4 victory over UNC Greensboro’s Annette Rios and Kayla Gammie in the third place match.
Meanwhile, the Herd’s No. 1 team of Dominika Zaprazna and Maria Voscekova, winners of last year’s Blue Draw title, returned to the finals but fell 8-5 to UNC’s Lauren McHale and Tessa Lyons. The loss put a halt to the pair’s impressive run through the earlier stages of the competition, which included wins over Virginia Tech’s Raluca Mita and Kelly Williford, and Duke’s Mary Clayton and Annie Mulholland.
In singles play, Zaprazna wrapped up a fifth place finish in the Blue Draw with a hard-fought 3-6, 6-1, 1-0 (4) win over UVA’s Maria Fucillo, while Karli Timko defeated Norfolk State’s Andrea Macchiavello, 6-2, 6-3 to place eleventh in the White Draw.
It was the Herd’s Ellie Ball, though, who strung together the team’s most impressive singles run of the weekend. The sophomore defeated UNC’s Laura Slater 7-6 (2), 3-6, 6-4 in a grueling three-set semifinal to progress to the finals, where she unfortunately lost to Duke’s Marianne Jodoin 6-1, 6-0.
Marshall’s remaining singles players, Kai Broomfield and Dana Oppinger, also found success, respectively claiming third and second in the Navy Draw competition. Oppinger relied on a 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 semifinal win over Minnesota’s Jessika Mozia to advance to the finals, where she lost a closely-contested 7-6, 7-5 match to Virginia Tech’s Williford. Broomfield advanced to the semis before losing to Williford, but redeemed herself with a 2-6, 6-0, 1-0 (9) defeat of Minnesota’s Mozia in the third place match.
“I felt like overall we had a great weekend,” said head coach John Mercer. “It was a great way to end the fall season. We were in four of the six finals matches, which is a great accomplishment considering the presence of several strong ACC schools. I feel like we improved over the fall and finished the semester strong. I’m looking forward to the spring and the opportunities presented by the schedule we have.”
Marshall’s official, spring season will begin on January 18 against Eastern Michigan University. The match is set to start at 10 a.m. at the Huntington Tennis Club.