Herd tennis drops tight decision for cardinals

LOUISVILLE, Kentucky – The Marshall University (1-2) tennis team lost its game to the Louisville Cardinals (2-0) on Friday in Louisville, Kentucky, by the narrowest margin, 4-3.

“We had our chances”, tennis coach Marshall John Mercer he said at the end of the game. “It just came down to a few deuce points. Louisville has a good team this season.”

After Madi Ballow and Sophia Hurrion dropped their double play on lane two, 6-2, Gabrielle Clairette and Aisling McGrane beat Chelsea Sawyer and Dina Chaika, 6-4, on court three to even doubles. However, the Cardinals took the double point with a 6-4 win on field one.

After a fall on lanes five and two to start singles, MUs Emma Vanderheyden took a convincing 6-1, 6-0, track victory over Andrea Di Palma. UofL closed the game with a win on lane six. The two sides decided to finish the rest of the matches with Madi Ballow beating Chelsea Sawyer, who retired in the third set. Sophia Hurrion then took a three-set fight over Dina Chaika, 1-6, 6-4, 7-5, on lane four.


1. Sasha Gorchanyuk/Rhea Verma (LOU) defeats. Emma Vanderheyden/Liz Stefancic (MU) 6-4
2. Beats Tatiana Simova/Andrea Di Palma (LOU). Madi Ballow/Sophia Hurrion (MU) 6-2
3. Gabrielle Clairette/Aisling McGrane (MU) def. Chelsea Sawyer/Dina Chaika (LOU) 6-4


1. Emma Vanderheyden (MU) def. Andrea Di Palma (LOU) 6-1, 6-0
2. Rhea Verma (LOU) def. Liz Stefancic (MU) 6-1, 6-1
3. Madi Ballow (MU) def. Chelsea Sawyer (LOU) 1-6, 6-3, 3-4, Retired
4. Sophia Hurrion (MU) def. Dina Chaika (LOU) 1-6, 6-4, 7-5
5. Sasha Gorchanyuk (LOU) defeats. Aisling McGrane (MU) 6-0, 6-0
6. Beats Tatiana Simova (LOU). Gabrielle Clairette (MU) 6-4, 6-4

Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (5,2,1,6,3,4)


Marshall closes the weekend with a duel against the Bellarmine Knights on Saturday morning at 10am

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