Feb. 9, 2013
BARBOURSVILLE, W.Va. - Marshall tennis lost a trio of three-set matches against No. 26 Purdue and fell to the Boilermakers 6-1 Saturday at the Huntington Tennis Club.
Marshall fell to 2-4 on the season while Purdue moved to 2-1.
Marshall once again jumped out to an early advantage, taking the doubles point thanks to victories on courts one and two.
Two doubles pair Ellie Ball and Kara Kucin turned out to be the deciding factor for the doubles point and nearly saw a 7-2 lead vanish at the hands of Purdue's Lynda Xepoleas/Daniela Vidal. After four straight games went to the Boilermakers and momentum seemed to be shifting, Ball/Kucin managed to break serve in the final game and win 8-6 to secure a 1-0 lead for Marshall.
In singles, Purdue went on the counterattack quickly as No. 108 Mara Schmidt defeated Thundering Herd junior Maria Voscekova 6-0, 6-1 on court two, and Tess Bernard-Feigenbaum beat freshman Dana Oppinger 6-2, 6-3 on court four.
Purdue extended its lead to 3-1 as Giselle Pere won in straight sets, 6-4, 6-1, over Kucin on court six.
The clinching point came from No. 80 Xepoleas who fought back from a first set loss to outlast Dominika Zaprazna 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 on court one.
On court three, Ball fought back from a first set loss as well but ultimately fell to Vidal 6-3, 3-6, 6-4.
At six singles, Karlyn Timko lost a thrilling, three-set match to Pere, dropping a breaker in the second set 7-4 before falling in the deciding third set super tiebreak 10-7.
Marshall returns to the court Sunday morning for a match against Miami (Ohio). Doubles action is scheduled to start at 11 a.m. at the Huntington Tennis Club.