Pomyatinskaya Pushes @Herd_Tennis Into Semifinals

Special to HNN Provided by Herd Zone

HOUSTON -- After receiving a bye in the first round of the 2015 Conference USA Championship, No. 2 seed- and nationally ranked No. 60- Marshall tennis (15-9) trumped No. 10 seed UTSA Friday at the George R. Brown Tennis Center at Rice. 

Sophomore Anna Pomyatinskaya (Sochi, Russia) provided the Herd the winning point in dramatic fashion, improving her singles record to a team-best 18 wins, six losses. 

UTSA ended their season 11-13 after defeating (7) UTEP in the opening round on Thursday. The Herd advances to the semifinals to take the winner of (3) Old Dominion- (6) North Texas. The match is scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday.

Favorable doubles action started the day for the Herd. Wins by `dynamic duo'Rachael Morales (Reynoldsburg, Ohio) and Maddie Silver (Grand Rapids, Mich.) on court 3 (8-2) and Kai Broomfield (Toronto, Canada) and Marija Bogicevic (Belgrade, Serbia) on court 2 (8-4) gave the Herd the first point and advantage heading into singles action. 

Morales secured the first singles win on court 6 (6-2, 6-1).  The Roadrunners were able to get on the  board with a straight set win over Bogicevic on court 5 (6-3, 6-1). Silver was next to the punch, securing the third Marshall point with a 6-2, 6-3 win on court 3. 

The match was clinched when  Pomyatinskaya came from behind in a thrilling three-set battle 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 on court 2. 

Derya Turhan (Bad Salzuflen, Germany) and Broomfield were both left unfinished in third sets on courts 1 and 4--Turhan with 6-3, 3-6, 5-4, and  Broomfield at 6-7(6), 6-3, 0-0.

Marshall fell earlier this season to Old Dominion, and has never faced North Texas.

Quotes by Head Coach John Mercer

"I was impressed with UTSA's team. They came out and played well in the singles and took it to us and challenged us. It was a bit windy, but it was nice to see the girls make a lot of shots and outplay their opponents to pull out the win."

"We're glad to moving on to the next round and look forward to a great match tomorrow."


Marshall 4, UTSA 1

George R. Brown Tennis Center   Houston, Texas

Singles Competition

1.     Derya Turhan (MAR) vs. Miriam Rosell (UTSA) 6-3, 6-3, 5-4, unfinished

2.     Anna Pomyatinskaya (MAR) def. Jacobea Junger (UTSA) 3-6, 6-3, 6-4

3.     Maddie Silver (MAR) def. Alena Shichkova (UTSA) 6-2, 6-3

4.     Kai Broomfield (MAR) vs. Nicole Karaklis (UTSA) 6-7 (6-8), 6-3, unfinished

5.     Lina Hallgren (UTSA) def. Marija Bogicevic (MAR) 6-3, 6-1

6.     Rachael Morales (MAR) def. I. Gandara Gonzalez (UTSA) 6-2, 6-1

Doubles competition

1.     Derya Turhan/Anna Pomyatinskaya (MAR) vs. Miriam Rosell/Jacobea Junger (UTSA) 6-5, unfinished

2.     Kai Broomfield/Marija Bogicevic (MAR) def. Alena Shichkova/Nicole Karaklis (UTSA) 8-4

3.     Rachael Morales/Maddie Silver (MAR) def. Daniela Garcia-Diaz/Lina Hallgren (UTSA) 8-2

Match Notes:

UTSA 11-13

Marshall 15-7; National ranking #60

Order of finish: Doubles (3,2); Singles (5,6,3,2)


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