HUNTINGTON, W. Va. -- Miami battled Marshall for over four hours on Sunday, taking four singles matches to three sets, but the Thundering Herd escaped with a 5-2 victory over the RedHawks. Nimisha Mohan and Alix Thurman gained wins for Miami's points.
Marshall (3-4) jumped out to the 1-0 by winning two of the three double matches. The Thundering Herd claimed the No. 1 tilt by an 8-4 margin, then won at No. 3, 8-2. The duo of Thurman and Christiana Raymond closed out doubles play with an 8-6 win in the middle match.
The hosts surged ahead at the beginning of singles play, winning the first set in three of the opening five matches. The early lead resulted in a 2-0 advantage as the No. 5 match went to Marshall, 6-3, 6-4. Mohan rebounded from first-set loss to win 1-6, 6-2, 6-0 at No. 3, but the Thundering Herd stole the next point for a 3-1 lead. Raymond dropped the first set at No. 1, 6-2, but surged back for a 6-2 win in the second. She led 3-2 in the decider, but dropped three straight games to Dominika Zaprazna, enroute to a 6-4 setback.
Christine Guerrazzi won her first set, 6-2, at No. 4, but let a 3-2 lead in the second slip away. Dana Oppinger rallied for a 6-4 win, then a 6-3 victory to clinch the match for Marshall. Thurman was also pressed to three sets, escaping with a 6-4, 6-7 (1-7), 7-6 (9-7) victory in her first career appearance in the No. 2 flight. She was down 6-3 in the final tiebreaker, fighting off three match points.
The No. 6 match, which started late due to court space, went to Marshall 7-5, 6-1.
Miami (2-5) returns to action next Sunday when it hosts Middle Tennessee State. The action is slated to being at 10 a.m. at Hamilton's Riverside Athletic Club.