Feb. 9, 2018
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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Stephanie Smith defeated the top-ranked player in the Atlantic region, but it came in a losing effort, as Virginia Tech defeated Marshall Friday, 6-1, at the Huntington Tennis Club.
"We competed a lot better today than we had this season," head coach John Mercer said. "We were in the match with a chance to win for most of the time. We had three first-set tiebreaks that didn't go our way tonight."
The Herd (0-5, 0-0 C-USA), playing with only five available players due to an injury, was forced to forfeit at No. 3 doubles. Anna Smith and Stephanie Smith fell to Natalie Novotna and Caroline Daxhelet, 6-1, clinching the doubles point for Virginia Tech. Maddie Silver and Marija Bogicevic defeated Nika Kozar and Nina Sorkin in the other doubles match, 7-5.
The Herd had to forfeit a singles match as well due to being shorthanded. Bogicevic fell to Elena Cerezo-Codina, 6-2, 6-4. The Herd forced first set tiebreakers in three matches but lost all three tiebreaks. Silver fell to Daxhelet, 7-6, 6-2. Ana Marhuenda was defeated by Katherine Butler, 7-6, 6-3. Anna Smith fell to Nika Kozar, 7-6, 7-5.
We had three first-set tiebreaks that didn't go our way tonight," Mercer said.
Stephanie Smith defeated No. 34 Natalie Novotna, Virginia Tech's top player and the top-ranked player in the Atlantic region, in straight sets, 6-3, 6-3.
"I'm proud of the way Stephanie played," Mercer said. "She did a great job to beat one of the top-ranked players in the country.
The Herd hits the road for a match at Penn State Sunday at 11 a.m.