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NORFOLK, Va. – The Old Dominion University women’s tennis team lost a hard fought battle to a very good Marshall squad, 4-3, on Friday afternoon at the Folkes-Stevens Tennis Center, in what turned out to be a heated and evenly played match.

At one point in the match, the Lady Monarchs were trailing the Thundering Herd by a score of 3-0. Friday’s match was played indoors and started out with double’s action.

ODU’s duo of Nikol Hristova and Melissa Esnal Olguin played a dandy of a match on Court No. 1 and defeated Marshall’s Dana Oppinger and Derya Turhan 8-5. However, the Thundering Herd’s No. 2 and 3 double’s tandems pulled out very tight matches to claim the one double’s point.

In single’s action, Nikol Hristova won a dramatic tiebreak second set against Dana Oppinger to clinch her match on Court No. 1 and tie the score at 3-3 for the Lady Monarchs, which got the crowd even more into the match.

Prior to Hristova’s victory, the two other Lady Monarchs that picked up victories and team points for Old Dominion: were freshman Ingrid Vojcinakova and senior Melissa Esnal Olguin. Vojcinakova was too much for Marshall’s Derya Turhan (6-2, 7-6) at the No. 2 single’s spot. While, Esnal Olguin got the better of Karli Timko 6-2, 6-3 in the No. 5 single’s match.

Old Dominion will be back in action next Friday, April 4, against South Alabama at noon and then again on Sunday, April 6, against Morgan State at noon. Both matches will be taking place at the Folkes-Stevens Tennis Center.

MATCH RESULTS: ODU: 3, Marshall: 4
1. Nikol Hristova/Melissa Esnal Olguin (ODU) def. Dana Oppinger/Derya Turhan (Marshall) 8-5
2. Karli Timko/Anna Pomyatinskaya (Marshall) def. Marijana Novakovic/Ingrid Vojcinakova 8-7(7-5)
3. Kai Broomfield/Racheal Morales (Marshall) def. Ivana Vukovic/Niki Khmolovska 8-5

(Order of finish: 4, 3, 5, 2, 1, 6)
1. Nikol Hristova (ODU) def. Dana Oppinger (Marshall) 6-0, 7-6
2. Ingrid Vojcinakova (ODU) def. Derya Turhan (Marshall) 6-2, 7-6
3. Kai Broomfield (Marshall) def. Marijana Novakovic (ODU) 7-4, 6-3
4. Anna Pomyatinskaya (Marshall) def. Ivana Vukovic (ODU) 6-1, 6-0
5. Melissa Esnal Olguin (ODU) def. Karli Timko (Marshall) 6-2, 6-3
6. Racheal Morales (Marshall) def. Nika Khmolovska (ODU) 6-2, 5-7, 6-1

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