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Furman Battles To 5-2 Win Over UNC Wilmington

Furman Battles To 5-2 Win Over UNC Wilmington

ATLANTA, GA. – The Furman doubles team of sophomores Lauren Kline and Michele Stanford battled back from a 5-1 deficit to take a 9-8(3) win and clinch the doubles point and the Paladins went on to defeat UNC Wilmington, 5-2, Sunday afternoon in Atlanta, Ga. 

Furman seniors Monica Arguello and Jennifer Betts teamed up for an 8-5 win over Chelsea Kahle and Kelly Cameron in the third doubles match, then Olga Blank and Angela Sekely defeated Paladin freshmen Margaret Boyette and Katherine Oudin, 8-5, in the top doubles match to set up the deciding match at number two singles.

In singles action, Arguello, ranked 63rd nationally, defeated Blank, 6-0, 6-0, at number one singles, then Stanford beat Kahle, 6-3, 6-3 at number six singles to give the Paladins an early 3-0 lead.  The remaining four singles matches then went three sets or into a deciding tie-breaker, with Boyette defeating Christina Riley 4-6, 6-4, 6-2 at number four singles to clinch the match for the Paladins.  Freshman Amanda Murray also picked up a win for Furman, beating Leblang, 7-6, 3-6, 1-0(11-9). 

The Seahawks scored two points in singles, with Lee defeating Oudin, 7-5, 4-6, 6-2 at number two singles, and Sekely handing Kline a 0-6, 6-1, 6-3 loss in the third singles match. 

"We did a good job of fighting back to win this match today," said Paladin head coach Debbie Southern following the win.  "The conditions were harsh, with temperatures in the 40s, but we didn't let up and we kept believing."

Furman (4-4, 1-0 SoCon) will travel to Las Vegas to play three matches next weekend.  The Paladins will face SMU Friday at 1 p.m. then play Boise State Saturday at 1 p.m.  Furman will take on host UNLV Sunday at 1 p.m.

Furman 5, UNC Wilmington 2
Mar 06, 2011 at Atlanta, Ga.

Singles competition

1. #63 Monica Arguello (FUR) def. Olga Blank (UNCW) 6-0, 6-0

2. Christina Lee (UNCW) def. Katherine Oudin (FUR) 7-5, 4-6, 6-2

3. Angela Sekely (UNCW) def. Lauren Kline (FUR) 0-6, 6-1, 6-3

4. Margaret Boyette (FUR) def. Christina Riley (UNCW) 4-6, 6-4, 6-2

5. Amanda Murray (FUR) def. Lindsay Leblang (UNCW) 7-6, 3-6, 1-0 (11-9)

6. Michele Stanford (FUR) def. Chelsea Kahle (UNCW) 6-3, 6-3


Doubles competition

1. Olga Blank/Angela Sekely (UNCW) def. Margaret Boyette/Katherine Oudin (FUR) 8-5

2. Lauren Kline/Michele Stanford (FUR) def. Christina Lee/Lindsay Leblang (UNCW) 9-8 (7-3)

3. Monica Arguello/Jennifer Betts (FUR) def. Chelsea Kahle/Kelly Cameron (UNCW) 8-5


Match Notes

Furman 4-4, 1-0 SoCon

Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (1,6,3,4,5,2)