WVU’s tennis team traveled to Huntington on Friday to take on the Marshall Thundering Herd. The Mountaineers defeated the in-state rivals by a total of 5-2.
The team improves to 5-2 on the season with their third straight win. While it won’t show on the stat sheet, head coach Miha Lisac said this one carries some extra weight.
“It’s hard to say that this one doesn’t mean a little bit more, just because it’s an in-state rivalry,” Lisac said in a post-game interview. “The programs have competed against one another for a long time.”
WVU and Marshall’s tennis programs have been playing against each other since 2006, with the exception of 2020 and 2021 due to the pandemic. This year’s win marks the fourth straight win for WVU against Marshall.
WVU went 2-1 in the doubles matches, giving them an early 1-0 overall lead over Marshall. Lisac said that he thinks this helped create momentum for the team.
“We were able to get enough of our game to close out the doubles point,” Lisac said. “We were always playing from ahead.”
The bleachers in the indoor courts were packed with Marshall fans who created a difficult environment for the Mountaineers. While the team struggled with it at times, Lisac said it’s something they’ll have to get used to before conference play starts in March.
“It’s going to be loud,” Lisac said. “Other teams and other fans, if we’re on the road, will be cheering against us. We have to learn how to handle that.”
WVU will not have to deal with away crowds much longer. After their next match, they will have 9 straight home matches, including 1 double-header.
WVU’s next match will be against Kentucky in Lexington on Sunday at 10:00 a.m.
Court 1: Ting-Pei Chang/Camilla Bossi (WVU) def. Emma Vanderheyden/ Liz Stefancic (MU) 6-3
Court 2: Madi Ballow/Jutte Van Hanswyck (MU) def. Kendall Kovick/Tatiana Lipatova (WVU) 6-4
Court 3: Momoko Nagato/Penny Hsieh (WVU) def. Aisling McGrane/Gabrielle Clairotte (MU) 7-5
Court 1: Emma Vanderheyden (MU) def. Ting-Pei Chang (WVU) 5-7, 4-6, 7-6 (1)
Court 2: Kendall Kovick (WVU) def. Madi Ballow (MU) 6-2, 1-6, 7-6 (4)
Court 3: Momoko Nagato (WVU) def. Liz Stefancic (MU) 6-3, 6-3
Court 4: Anastasiia Bovolskaia (WVU) def. Sophia Hurrion (MU) 6-3, 6,2
Court 5: Jutte Van Hansewyck (MU) def. Camilla Bossi (WVU) 6-1, 6-3
Court 6: Tatiana Lipatova (WVU) def. Gabrielle Clairotte (MU) 6-1, 6-3