April 17, 2017
IRVING, Texas - The Marshall women's tennis team received the No. 3 seed for the 2017 Conference USA Women's Tennis Championship, the league office announced Monday. The 14-team bracket begins Thursday with six matches at the Waranch Tennis Center in Denton, Texas.
Marshall is 13-9 overall with a 1-1 record in Conference USA. The Herd has defeated four programs from the Power Five conferences this season (Wisconsin, Minnesota, Virginia Tech and Penn State). The Herd is led by senior Derya Turhan, who has a 17-3 singles record at the No. 1 spot. Turhan is one of five Herd players who have at least ten singles wins. Maddie Silver is 14-6 playing primarily at the No. 3 spot, Stephanie Smith is 13-5 playing primarily at the No. 3 spot, Anna Pomyatinskaya is 12-9 playing primarily at the No. 4 spot and Rachael Morales is 11-8 playing primarily at the No. 5 spot. Smith and Daniela Dankanych are the top doubles pairing for the Herd with an 11-4 record at the No. 3 spot. Turhan and Pomyatinskaya are 10-4 at the No. 1 spot.
Defending tournament champion Rice earned the top spot for the tournament, while FIU took the second seed.
First round action begins at 10 a.m. with (8) Southern Miss facing off against (9) UTSA for the chance to play top-seeded Rice in the quarterfinals. Also at 10 a.m., (7) Charlotte will play (10) Louisiana Tech for the right to face second-seeded FIU in the quarterfinals.
The Herd kicks off play in the Conference USA Women's Tennis Championship at 1 p.m. when it takes on (14) UTEP. The winner of that matchup will play the winner of the 4 p.m. match between (6) WKU and (11) Florida Atlantic. In the other first round matchups, tournament host (5) North Texas faces (12) Middle Tennessee at 1 p.m. and (4) Old Dominion plays (13) UAB at 4 p.m.
The Conference USA Championship match will takes place on Sunday at 11 a.m.
First Round - Thursday, April 20
Match 1: (8) Southern Miss vs. (9) UTSA - 10 a.m.
Match 2: (7) Charlotte vs. (10) Louisiana Tech - 10 a.m.
Match 3: (5) North Texas vs. (12) Middle Tennessee - 1 p.m.
Match 4: (3) Marshall vs. (14) UTEP - 1 p.m.
Match 5: (4) Old Dominion vs. (13) UAB - 4 p.m.
Match 6: (6) WKU vs. (11) Florida Atlantic - 4 p.m.
Quarterfinals - Friday, April 21
Match 7: Match 1 winner vs. (1) Rice - 11 a.m.
Match 8: Match 2 winner vs. (2) FIU - 11 a.m.
Match 9: Match 3 winner vs. Match 5 winner - 3 p.m.
Match 10: Match 4 winner vs. Match 6 winner - 3 p.m.
Semifinals - Saturday, April 22
Match 11: Match 7 winner vs. Match 9 winner - 1 p.m.
Match 12: Match 8 winner vs. Match 10 winner - 1 p.m.
Championship - Sunday, April 23
Match 13: Match 11 winner vs. Match 12 winner - 11 a.m.
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