The Bearcats take a close decision from the herd

HUNTINGTON, West Virginia – The Marshall University tennis team (11-10) pushed Cincinnati (15-4) to the tiebreaker but ultimately fell, 4-3, Sunday afternoon at the Brian David Fox Tennis Center.

“I think we did a good job in doubles,” said Marshall’s head tennis coach John Mercer noted. “It came down to the last two points in the doubles. We managed to win those points and the singles ended up the same.”

“I thought Sophie [Hurrion] does a great job of being in this situation [in the tiebreaker] after trailing 4-1 in the third. driveway [McGrane] did a great job winning his match on court four against a tough player.
We had some good places today with a lot of effort overall.”

Emma Vanderheyden and Liz Stefanic put the herd on the front with a 6-0 victory on the first court to open the doubles portion. The Bearcats fired even after winning the set on court three (6-4), but Madi Ballow and Hurrion battled to take the tiebreaker on court two, 7-6 [8-6 tiebreaker].

Cincinnati took control of the duel with a pair of wins on courts one and five to advance 2-1 in the duel, but Ballow picked up a win on court three (6-2, 6-4) to tie the duel. at 2-2. UC pushed back after Idana Guna won on court two in three sets (7-5, 5-7, 6-3). McGrane tied the duel, 3-3, after recording a court four, 7-5, 5-7, 6-4 win over Maria Santilli. Two minutes later, Cincinnati’s Kelli Niehaus sealed the double, 4-3, after winning on court six, 6-7, 6-1, 7-6 [7-5 tiebreaker].

Cincinnati vs. Marshall results

Court No. 1 Emma Vanderheyden / Liz Stefanic (MAR) def. Cassie McLay/Elizabeth Pendergast (UC) 6-0
Court No. 2 Madi Ballow/Sophie Hurrion (MAR) def. Idana Guna/Emma Miceli (UC) 7-6 [8-6 tiebreaker]

Court #3 Cassie Flanagan / Kelli Niehaus (UC) def. Aisling McGrane/Gabrielle Clairotte (MARCH) 6-4
Order of arrival: 1,3,2

Court #1 Elizabeth Pendergast (UC) beats. Emma Vanderheyden (MARCH) 6-3, 6-3
Court No. 2 Idana Guna (UC) beats. Liz Stefanic (MARCH) 7-5, 5-7, 6-3
Court No. 3 Madi Ballow (MAR) def. Cassie McLay (UC) 6-2, 6-4
Court No. 4 Aisling McGrane (MAR) def. Maria Santilli (UC) 7-5, 5-7, 6-4
Court No. 5 Emma Miceli (UC) beats. Gabrielle Clairotte (TUES) 6-1, 6-2
Court #6 Kelli Niehaus (UC) beats. Sophie Hurrion (MARCH) 6-7, 6-1, 7-6 [7-5 tiebreaker]Finishing order: 5,1,3,2,4,6

Marshall Tennis will travel to Richmond, Va. to take on Virginia Commonwealth on Sunday, April 10 with a scheduled tee time of 10 a.m.

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