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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.


John E. Hoff Tennis Courts

At Houston


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.


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.


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.


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



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