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Marshall tennis team opens C-USA tourney

Apr. 18, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

HOUSTON -- Marshall's Thundering Herd plays host against Houston in Thursday's first round of the Conference USA Women's Tennis Championship tournament on the John E. Hoff Tennis Courts.

No. 7 seed Marshall has a 12-10 season record and split two matches against C-USA foes, defeating Old Dominion (4-3) and losing to SMU (5-2). No. 10 seed Houston is 13-10 and also split a pair of conference matches, losing to Tulsa (7-0) and beating Southern Miss (7-0).

Their first-round matchup is 1 p.m., Thursday.

Marshall's Karlyn Timko has won 10 of her last 11 singles matches and Kara Kucin has picked up victories in six of her past nine contests. Ellie Ball also has a five-match winning streak, while Dominika Zaprazna has won three-straight at the No. 1 spot.

Zaprazna and Kucin are 6-1 at No.1 doubles, Ball and Maria Voscekova are 5-1 at No. 2 and Timko and Dana Oppinger are 12-7 at No. 3.

Top-seeded Rice, ranked 20th in the nation, drew a first-round bye. No. 2 seed Tulsa and No. 3 Memphis, ranked Nos. 24 and 33 respectively, also have byes.

No. 9 seed Old Dominion entered C-USA this year in tennis and golf before gaining full membership in July.

The tournament winner receives an automatic bid to the NCAA Championship.

C-USA WOMEN'S TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIP

John E. Hoff Tennis Courts

At Houston

THURSDAY FIRST ROUND

Match 1 -- No. 13 Southern Miss vs. No. 4 Tulane, 9 a.m.

Match 2 -- No. 12 UTEP vs. No. 6 SMU, 9 a.m.

Match 3 -- No. 9 Old Dominion vs. No. 8 UAB, 1 p.m.

Match 4 -- No. 10 Houston vs. No. 7 Marshall, 1 p.m.

Match 5 -- No. 11 East Carolina vs. No. 6 UCF, 5 p.m.

FRIDAY QUARTERFINALS

Match 6 -- Winner of Match 3 vs. No. 1 Rice, 11 a.m.

Match 7 -- Winner of Match 1 vs. Winner of Match 2, 11 a.m.

Match 8 -- Winner of Match 4 vs. No. 2 Tulsa, 3 p.m.

Match 9 -- Winner of Match 5 vs. No. 3 Memphis, 3 p.m.

SATURDAY SEMIFINALS

Match 10 -- Winner of Match 6 vs. Winner of Match 7, 3 p.m.

March 11 -- Winner of Match 8 vs. Winner of Match 9, 3 p.m.

SUNDAY CHAMPIONSHIP

Match 12 -- Winner of Match 10 vs. Winner of Match 11, 11 a.m.

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