Herd tennis sweeps Longwood, falls to No. 12 Virginia


CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -The Marshall University Tennis team (1-1) split its opening duels of the season sweeping Longwood (0-2), 7-0, and falling to No. 12 Virgnia (3-0), 7-0, on Saturday in Charlottesville, Virginia.

“It was two great matches today,” Herd tennis head coach John Mercer said. “It was great to get the season rolling.”

Against Longwood, Marshall dominated doubles dropping just four games across the three matches sweeping all three contests.

In singles, Sophia HurrionDoroteja JoksovicRieke Gillar and Gabrielle Clairotte all won in straight sets against the Lancers.

Emily Schut and Emma Vanderheyden each took their singles contest in three sets with Vanderheyden rebounding in her match after falling in the first set.

The Herd couldn’t get much going against the Cavaliers to open the day. In singles, MU faced three top-90 singles players.

1. Melodie Collard/Elaine Chervinsky (VA) def. Emma Vanderheyden/Johanna Strom (MARSH) 6-2
2. Natasha Subhash/Hibah Shaikh (VA) def. Sophia Hurrion/Aisling McGrane (MARSH) 6-3
3. Annabelle Xu/Sara Ziodato (VA) vs. Rieke Gillar/Gabrielle Clairotte (MARSH) 5-3 unfinished
Finish: 1, 2

1. #86 Annabelle Xu (UVA) def. Johanna Strom (MARSH) 6-1, 6-2
2. #46 Hibah Shaikh (UVA) def. Emma Vanderheyden (MARSH) 6-3, 6-2
3. Natasha Subhash (UVA) def. Doroteja Joksovic (MARSH) 6-4, 7-6 (7-4)
4. #88 Sara Ziodato (UVA) def. Sophia Hurrion (MARSH) 6-3, 6-1
5. Elaine Chervinsky (UVA) def. Aisling McGrane (MARSH) 6-0, 6-0
6. #82 Melodie Collard (UVA) def. Rieke Gillar (MARSH) 6-3, 6-4
Finish: 5, 2, 6, 4, 1, 3

1. Emma Vanderheyden/Johanna Strom (MARSH) def. Karina Rizvanova/Phoebe Mitchell (LONGWOOD) 6-2
2. Sophia Hurrion/Aisling McGrane (MARSH) def. Sophia Marchetta/Feline van Eijkelenburg (LONGWOOD) 6-1
3. Emily Schut/Andjela Lopicic (MARSH) def. Nina Hederich/Orianna Izarra (LONGWOOD) 6-1

1. Emma Vanderheyden (MARSH) def. Feline van Eijkelenburg (LONGWOOD) 3-6, 6-2, 6-2
2. Sophia Hurrion (MARSH) def. Orianna Izarra (LONGWOOD) 6-1, 6-1
3. Doroteja Joksovic (MARSH) def. Phoebe Mitchell (LONGWOOD) 6-1, 6-1
4. Rieke Gillar (MARSH) def. Sophia Marchetta (LONGWOOD) 7-5, 6-1
5. Emily Schut (MARSH) def. Karina Rizvanova (LONGWOOD) 6-3, 3-6, 6-0
6. Gabrielle Clairotte (MARSH) def. Kashmira Manohar (LONGWOOD) 6-2, 6-3

Marshall is back in action on Thursday at Bellarmine and at EKU.  

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