Oct. 3, 2014
BLACKSBURG, Va.- Marshall tennis finished the opening round of the Hokie Fall Invite on Friday in Blacksburg, Va.
Sophomore Rachael Morales (Reynoldsburg, Ohio) won her first match, defeating Madlena Kurasz of UMBC 6-0, 6-1. She will next face a competitor from Penn State in the quarterfinals, Devan McCluskey, who won her opening match 7-5, 7-5.
"I feel like Rachael [Morales] played the best she has ever played," assistant coach Kellie Schmitt began. "She really built off what she was doing well at the William & Mary Tournament, which is always nice to see, especially against the level of competition she is facing."
Senior Kai Broomfield (Toronto, Canada) fell in her opening round of play to Penn State's Kim Surin 6-1, 6-2 and sophomore Anne Gulsrud (Stavenger, Norway) dropped her opening round to Wofford's Samantha Russell in a grueling 6-7 (4), 6-3, 6-3 battle.
Broomfield and Morales also competed in a doubles flight, falling 8-2 to a duo from JMU.
"Kai [Broomfield] and Anne [Gulsrud] competed well," Schmitt finished, " But, it just wasn't their day. As a group, we really worked on what we have been focusing on in practice; Kai and Anne just didn't come out on the winning side. We have more tough matches tomorrow, but I feel like we learned from today and will be ready to compete tomorrow."
Broomfield and Gulsrud will play in their consolation flights on Saturday, with Broomfield facing competition from UMBC and Gulsrud taking on a competitor from Penn State.
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