WVU Tennis returned to action Sunday afternoon against in-state rival Marshall following Saturday’s 4-3 loss to Virginia Tech. WVU entered the match with a 3-4 record. WVU has the lead in the all-time series between the two schools 21-17.
Second seed doubles of Habiba Shaker and Sofia Duran defeated Marshall’s Maddie Silver and Rachael Morales, 7-5. Marshall took early 2-1 lead. They stayed out front after the second change over with a 3-2 lead. WVU then won the next two games to take a 4-3 lead. Marshall took both of the next two games for a 5-4 lead. WVU then broke Marshall and was able to win their serve to push the match to 6-5. WVU took an a 15-40 lead in the 12th game before a put away at the net won the match.
The 3rd seeded doubles of Paula Goetz and Lyn Yuen Choo jumped out to a 2-0 lead before giving up the third game. WVU then went on to take both games of the changeover for a 4-1 lead. Marshall took 2 straight games before WVU took the 8th game for a 5-3 lead. WVU won the match, on a short lob that Choo put a way following a 20 plus shot rally between the two teams, 6-3.
WVU was able to take the doubles point with a third seed, 6-3, victory, and a second seed victory, 7-5. However the Mountaineers still had to fight to win the match in singles play.
Marshall took a 1-0 lead at the 1st, 2nd, and 4th seed. Whiles WVU jumped out to an early lead in 3rd seed singles. Marshall then took 3-0 leads in the 2nd and 4th seed matches.
Top seed Shaker won 5 out of the next 6 games to take a 5-2 lead in the first set. Shaker saw a 40-0 lead disappear in the 8th game of the set to lose the game. While Marshall’s Derya Turhan closed the gap to 5-3. Marshall then won 2 straight to tie the match at 5-5. Shaker became visibly upset with Turhan’s calls in the late stages of the first set. Then Turhan called for a trainer at 5-5 for an apparent ankle injury. WVU won the first set 7-5 in an emotional match.
Shaker jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the second set. Shaker then split the next two games with Marshall to take a 5-1 lead. Marshall won one more game before Shaker won it, 6-2. Shaker came out on top with a big 7-5, 6-2 victory.
At the 2nd position WVU’s Kaja Mrgole lost the first set 6-0. WVU Jumped out to an early 2-1 led in the second set before Marshall’s Maddie Silver came thundering back to take a 3-2 lead. WVU and Marshall then split the next two matches for a 4-3 Marshall lead. The two players split two games once again before Marshall took the match with a 6-4 victory in the second set.
The third seed match saw Marshall’s Stephanie Smith jump out to a 5-2 lead. Paula Goetz dug out of the early hole for the Mountaineers to come within a game at 4-5, but Marshall won the first set 6-4 on a very well executed slice putaway.
In the same fashion as the first set, Marshall got ahead early, and Goetz had to fight her way back into the match. Marshall then reeled off 3 straight games for a 5-2 lead. WVU answered back to get the set to 5-3. However, Smith won the ninth game to win the match 6-4, 6-3.
WVU’s Christina Jordan won two straight games at the 4th position to fight her way back into the match at 2-3. Marshall’s Anna Pomyatinskaya then won three straight to take the first set 6-2. WVU fell into an early 3-0 hole in the second set, and Marshall won the next three games to win the set at 6-0. Marshall won the match in two sets, 6-2, 6-0.
After the first 4 single matches Marshall led 3-2 after winning the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th position matches. WVU had to win both remaining matches while Marshall only had to win one to secure the team victory.
In the 6th seed match Marshall’s Daniela Dankanych took the 1-0 lead but quickly saw the lead evaporate with Sofia Duran going up 3-2 for a WVU lead. Both player broke, for the score to stay at a game advantage for Duran. WVU won the first set 6-4.
Marshall won the first two games of the second set. Duran answered winning the next 6, all hard fought wins. Sofia Duran picked up the win for herself and the Mountaineers with her 6-4,6-2.
Lyn Yuen Choo won the 5th position with a 6-0, 6-4 win. Choo started out of the gates strong with taking a commanding 3-0 early lead. WVU won the first set easily 6-0. Marshall’s Rachael Morales won her first game of the match to go up 1-0 in the second set. After going down 3-2 Choo won the next 4 out of 5 games to win the second set 6-4.
WVU improves to 4-4 on the season with a 4-3 victory over Marshall. WVU’s next match is March 4th at Indiana in the last non-conference match of the season.