Marshall tennis hosts WVU, looks to avoid dropping seven straight games

The Marshall University tennis team (4-8) faces in-state foe West Virginia University (6-10) Friday as the Herd attempts to end a six-game losing streak.

The Herd’s last win came Feb. 12 against the University of Louisville.

Marshall sophomore Maddie Silver said  after falling to Virginia Commonwealth University in the team’s last match, it has regrouped and is confident heading into its matchup against the Mountaineers of the Big 12 Conference.

“We’ve been practicing really hard this week and it’s home and outside,” Silver said. “So, we’re excited.”

Silver won her singles match against Virginia Commonwealth’s Magda Aubets and her doubles match paired up with teammate Rachael Morales as well.

Sophomore Marija Bogicevic said facing a team from a major conference is an opportunity the Herd always looks forward to.

“It’s kind of challenging being that it is a Big 12 school,” Bogicevic said. “But it makes you more excited to play.”

Bogicevic said the team has focused on developing its game for doubles matches and hopes the results will show against West Virginia.

Last season, the Herd defeated the Mountaineers, 5-2, in Morgantown, West Virginia.

Friday’s match begins 3 p.m. on Marshall’s outdoor tennis courts.

The Herd is led by junior Derya Turhan, who is 8-2 this season in individual matches, including 3-0 against conference opponents.

In doubles, the team of Turhan and Rachael Morales are 5-4 this season, including a 2-1 conference record.

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