Sunday, 10 February 2013 20:15

Marshall Olympic Sports Sunday Round-Up: Softball, Tennis post wins; Track sets 13 personal bests

Written by  MU SPORTS INFORMATION RELEASES, edited by Woody Woodrum for HI


Cook, Williamson power softball to 2-1 win over FAU
TAMPA, Fla. — The Marshall softball team got another complete game outing from pitcher Andi Williamson and a game-winning sacrifice fly from designated hitter Alyssa Cook to pull out a 2-1 win over Florida Atlantic in eight innings.
Marshall finished action on Sunday in the final day of competition at the USF-Demarini Tournament, improving to 2-3, while FAU dropped to 0-4.
The Owls will join Conference USA in all sports for the 2013-14 season, and lost two times to the Herd in the Bulls tournament this weekend.
Williamson (2-2) allowed one run on four hits, five walks and eight strikeouts.
Right fielder Ashley Gue had a 3-for-3 day at the plate (also stealing a base).
Right fielder Shaelynn Braxton (double), first baseman Alysia Hively (double) and second baseman Bri Anna Hope also registered hits. 
Hively’s double to left center in the second inning scored Braxton and gave MU an early 1-0 lead. 
FAU evened the game at 1-1 in the fifth before Cook’s sacrifice fly to left in the eighth scored third baseman Jazmine Valle with the game-winning run.
Williamson got 11 groundouts on the day and stranded 11 FAU base runners.
The Herd will travel to Atlanta, Ga. next weekend for five games, where it will face Indiana twice, Miami twice and the host Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets.
Tennis Beats RedHawks, 5-2
BARBOURSVILLE, W.Va. — Marshall endured its most tightly-contested match this season, outlasting Miami-Ohio of the Mid-American Conference 5-2 Sunday at the Huntington Tennis Club, near the Huntington Mall.
Marshall improved to 3-4 this season while Miami dropped to 2-5.
“It was good to see us grind and play hard,” said Marshall head coach John Mercer on the win.  
“It’s good to go through some ups and downs, take some adversity over the course of a match, and really stick to it and have a desire to fight hard together.”
Dana Oppinger's win in singles clinched the Herd's win over Miami-Ohio, as Marshall beat the RedHawks of the MAC, 5-2, to improve to 3-4 on the season (
Freshman Dana Oppinger’s three-set, come-from-behind victory was the clinching point on court four, but a total team effort was needed as the Thundering Herd saw four matches extend to three sets.  
Dominika Zaprazna won 6-2, 2-6, 6-4 on court one despite trailing 3-1 in the third. 
Voscekova fell 4-6, 7-6(5), 6-7(7), as the junior dropped the first set but clawed back from a 5-2 deficit in the second to force a third, where she again fell into a 5-2 hole only to fall in the third set tie-breaker. 
On court three, Ball lost a set lead, falling to Nimisha Mohan 6-1, 2-6, 0-6. 
MU sophomore Kai Broomfield broadened the Herd’s lead to 2-0 with a 6-3, 6-4 straight sets victory over Heerden at five singles. 
Ball’s match finished next to put Miami on the board at 2-1, but Zaprazna and Oppinger would hand in the next two decisions to give Marshall the victory. 
On court six, Karlyn Timko defeated Rajkovic 7-5, 6-1 to round out the scoring.  
Timko’s match ended shortly after Alix Thurman defeated Voscekova in the third set breaker on court two. 
To open up play in doubles, Zaprazna and Voscekova won their fourth straight doubles match, 8-4, to get the Herd headed towards a win after falling to No. 26 Purdue, 6-1, on Saturday.
The Herd also won at No. 1 on Saturday’s doubles, and the doubles point was the only one MU collected against the Boilermakers.
On court three, Karlyn Timko and Oppinger secured the doubles point with an 8-2 victory where they won seven straight games to close out the match against Miami’s Chloe Heerden/Ana Rajkovic. 
Ellie Ball and Kara Kucin’s match on the middle court saw Marshall fight off two match points, but it was not enough as Christiana Raymond/Alix Thurman held on, 8-6, but the Herd clinched the point with wins at one and two. 
Marshall will continue its season at home on Friday, Feb. 15 against Winthrop.  
The match will start at 4 p.m. at the Huntington Tennis Club.
Herd track and field has 13 personal bests at Hoosier Hills meet
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Thirteen personal bests were acquired Friday and Saturday as the Thundering Herd track and field team finished up at the Hoosier Hills Invitational hosted by Indiana University at the Gladstein Fieldhouse. 
 Marshall’s weekend was also highlighted by three qualifiers in the 60 meter dash, two finalists in the 60 meter hurdles, and a second place overall finish from the 4x400 relay team. 
Crystal Walker, Shyra Molton, and Delkira Maybin each qualified for the 60 meter final.  
Walker used a personal best 7.76 during the prelims to place fifth while Molton and Maybin took ninth and 11th, respectively.  
In the finals, the group garnered fifth, sixth, and seventh place with times of 7.91, 7.92, and 7.95. 
In the 60 meter hurdles, Asia Bange set a personal best 8.85 in the prelims behind Vanessa Jules who placed third with a time of 8.64.  
Vanessa Jules was second in the 60-meter hurdles, and sixth in the high jump at the Hoosier Hills Invitational, hosted by Indiana University. (
Bange took fifth in the finals (8.98) while Jules placed second (8.67). 
Marshall’s 4x400 relay team consisting of Shanice Johnson, Amber Pierson, Loren Dyer, and Hadassah Lynch clocked the third fastest time in program history (3:51.09) which was good for second place overall.
Molton, Maybin, and Kearra Haynes came in third, seventh, and eighth, respectively, in the 200 meter dash.  Molton set her personal best of 25.11.  
Maybin’s seventh place finish came alongside a seasonal best 25.42.  Haynes ran a personal best 25.47. 
Jules finished sixth in the high jump with a leap of 1.80m. 
Loren Dyer narrowly missed the Marshall record in the 600 meter run, finishing third at 1:37.96. 
Other members of the Herd to set personal bests were Amber Pierson, Johnson, Celia Leonard, Paige Govey, and Kelly Mortakis. 
Pierson and Johnson’s records came in 400 meter events, as Pierson took fifth (57.51) in the 400 meter dash, and Johnson took fourth (58.07) in the 400 meter invitational. 
For Leonard, Govey, and Mortakis, new career marks were set in the mile.  
Leonard used a 5:12.55 time to grab eighth place overall while Govey (5:19.87) took 15th and Mortakis (5:21.91) took 16th.
Marshall will compete in one final meet, the Buckeye Tune-Up, Friday, Feb. 15, in Columbus, Ohio this Friday, prior to the Conference USA Indoor Championships.
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