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Furman Remains Unbeaten In SoCon With 4-3 Win Over Samford

BIRMINGHAM, ALA. – The Furman women's tennis team remains unbeaten in Southern Conference play after the Paladins defeated Samford, 4-3, Saturday in Birmingham, Ala., in a lengthy match that was moved indoors due to inclement weather.  Freshman Amanda Murray clinched the match for the Paladins, breaking a 3-3 tie with her 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 come-from-behind win over Rebecca Kirven in the fifth singles match.

The win marked the 400th win for Furman head coach Debbie Southern, now in her 27th year at the helm of the Paladin program.  Southern will be honored at a ceremony on Saturday, April 2, prior to Furman's noon match against UNC Greensboro.

The Paladins opened the match by winning two out of three doubles matches to clinch the doubles point.  Freshman Katherine Oudin returned to the line-up after being side-lined with an injury and teamed up with freshman Margaret Boyette for a 9-8(10-8) win over Lindsey Mallory and Taylor Morgan in the top doubles spot.  Furman seniors Jennifer Betts and Monica Arguello combined for a 9-7 victory over M. Janse van Rensburg and Jessica Diamond at number three doubles.  In the second doubles match, the Bulldogs' Kirven and Andrie Meiring defeated sophomores Lauren Kline and Michele Stanford, 8-6.

Arugello, ranked 86th nationally, defeated Morgan, 6-3, 7-6 (7-5) in the top singles match to give the Paladins a 2-0 lead before Samford took wins in the second and third singles matches to tie the score at 2-2.  Meiring notched a 5-7, 6-4, 6-2 win over Oudin at number two singles, while van Rensburg beat Kline, 7-5, 7-6 (7-3) at number three singles.

Boyette posted a 6-4, 6-1 win over Kristin Lewis in the fourth singles match to put Furman up 3-2, but Mallory defeated Stanford, 6-2, 6-4 at number six singles to tie the score at 3-3 and set up Murray's match-winning contest.

Furman (6-8, 3-0 SoCon) will play at Chattanooga Sunday at 1 p.m.

Furman 4, Samford 3
Mar 26, 2011 at Birmingham, Ala. (Samford Tennis Center)

Singles competition

1. #86 Monica Arguello (FUR) def. Taylor Morgan (SAM-WT) 6-3, 7-6 (7-5)

2. Andrie Meiring (SAM-WT) def. Katherine Oudin (FUR) 5-7, 6-4, 6-2

3. M.Janse van Rensburg (SAM-WT) def. Lauren Kline (FUR) 7-5, 7-6 (7-3)

4. Margaret Boyette (FUR) def. Kristin Lewis (SAM-WT) 6-4, 6-1

5. Amanda Murray (FUR) def. Rebecca Kirven (SAM-WT) 2-6, 6-3, 6-4

6. Lindsey Mallory (SAM-WT) def. Michele Stanford (FUR) 6-2, 6-4


Doubles competition

1. Katherine Oudin/Margaret Boyette (FUR) def. Lindsey Mallory/Taylor Morgan (SAM-WT) 9-8 (10-8)

2. Rebecca Kirven/Andrie Meiring (SAM-WT) def. Lauren Kline/Michele Stanford (FUR) 8-6

3. Jennifer Betts/Monica Arguello (FUR) def. M.Janse van Rensburg/Jessica Diamond (SAM-WT) 9-7


Match Notes

Furman 6-8, 3-0 SoCon

Samford 10-3, 2-2 SoCon

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

T-6:19 A-51