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Kroh Flies to the Finals

June 2, 2004 02:30 PM

Louisville's Ashley Kroh, of Marshall University, surprised many as she and partner Jessica Johnson had an impressive run at the NCAA women's national championship. The unseeded team of Kroh and Johnson rolled through the draw before losing in the finals to a strong UCLA team.

Ashley Kroh, a junior at Marshall University, shocked many when she and doubles partner Jessica Johnson advanced to the finals of the Women's NCAA National Championships.
It started with their big win over Northwestern Universtiy with an impressive 6-4, 6-2, win over the third-ranked Northwestern duo of Jessica Rush and Cristelle Grier, Thursday at the University of Georgia’s Dan Magill Tennis Complex. That was a huge win for the Marshall pair and their coach was more then proud.

“Unbelievable,” said Marshall head coach John Mercer. “With all the attention and pressure, Jessica and Ashley did what they had to do to win. It was a battle of nerves and we were able to pull it out.”

The strong doubles team of Kroh and Johnson continued their run at the NCAA Doubles National Championship with a come-from-behind semifinal victory on Friday. The All-Americans defeated the University of New Mexico’s eighth-ranked tandem of Sandy Lukowski and Maja Kovacek (3-6, 6-3, 7-5) to advance to Saturday’s National Championship match.

The all american duo of Johnson and Kroh faced UCLA, a strong school, with a strong tennis program. Kroh and Johnson played thier best, but in the finals they hit their first stumbling block as UCLA's Daniela Bercek and Lauren Fisher squeaked by in a tight two set victory. Ranked no. 23 in the nation, Bercek and Fisher won 6-4, 6-4. After playing a great tournament and earning some huge wins, Johnson and Kroh ended the season with a 27-3 record.

Kroh is a 21 year old business major, with a mean volley.




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