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#21 South Carolina Downs Furman, 6-1, In Paladin Season Opener

GREENVILLE, S.C. – #21 South Carolina defeated Furman, 6-1, in the Paladins' spring season opener Tuesday evening at the Mickel Tennis Center in Greenville, S.C.  Furman senior Monica Arguello, ranked 69th nationally, defeated 37th-ranked Anya Morgina, 6-4, 7-6(3) in the number one singles match to score for the Paladins.

The Gamecocks (2-0) jumped out to an early lead after sweeping the doubles matches to earn the doubles point.  Dijana Stojic teamed with Dominika Kanakova for an 8-3 win over sophomore Lauren Kline and freshman Margaret Boyette at number one doubles.  In the number two doubles match, Madeleine Saari-Bystrom and Josefin Andersson beat Arguello and freshman Amanda Murray, 8-5.  Anya Morgina and Katerina Popova defeated senior Jennifer Betts and freshman Katherine Oudin, 8-5, in the third doubles match-up.

In other singles action, Kline forced a three-match set versus 93rd-ranked Stojic in the number two singles match, with Stojic coming out on top, 6-4, 3-6, 6-3.  Saari-Bystrom defeated Oudin, 7-5, 6-1 at number three singles, and Kanakova beat Boyette, 7-6(6), 6-3 at number four singles.  In the fifth singles match, Murray forced a tie-breaker versus Andersson, with Anderson taking set one 6-2, then Murray winning the second set 6-2.  Anderson won the tie-breaker 11-9 for the victory.  At number six singles, Jocic defeated Paladin junior Susan Bitetti, 6-1, 6-3.

Furman (0-1) will return to action on February 5, when the Paladins play host to UNC Asheville at 1 p.m.

2010-11 Furman Women's Tennis
South Carolina vs Furman (Jan 25, 2011)

#21 South Carolina 6, Furman 1
Jan 25, 2011 at Greenville, S.C. (Mickel Tennis Center)

Singles competition

1. #69 Monica Arguello (FUR) def. #37 Anya Morgina (USC) 6-4, 7-6 (7-3)

2. #93 Dijana Stojic (USC) def. Lauren Kline (FUR) 6-4, 3-6, 6-3

3. Maddi Saari-Bystrom (USC) def. Katherine Oudin (FUR) 7-5, 6-1

4. Dominika Kanakova (USC) def. Margaret Boyette (FUR) 7-6 (8-6), 6-3

5. Josefin Andersson (USC) def. Amanda Murray (FUR) 6-2, 2-6, 11-9

6. Miljana Jocic (USC) def. Susan Bitetti (FUR) 6-1, 6-3


Doubles competition

1. Dijana Stojic/Dominika Kanakova (USC) def. Lauren Kline/Margaret Boyette (FUR) 8-3

2. Maddi Saari-Bystrom/Josefin Andersson (USC) def. Amanda Murray/Monica Arguello (FUR) 8-5

3. Anya Morgina/Katerina Popova (USC) def. Jennifer Betts/Katherine Oudin (FUR) 8-5


Match Notes

South Carolina 2-0; National ranking #21

Furman 0-1