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Paladins Remain Atop SoCon After 6-1 Win At Appalachian State

Paladins Remain Atop SoCon After 6-1 Win At Appalachian State

LINVILLE, N.C. – The Furman women's tennis team defeated Appalachian State, 6-1, Wednesday afternoon at the Grandfather Mountain Country Club in Linville, N.C., to improve to 8-8 overall and a perfect 5-0 in the Southern Conference.  The match was moved indoors in Linville due to inclement weather in the Boone area.

The Paladins swept the doubles matches to open the match, winning the doubles point.  Sophomore Lauren Kline and freshman Amanda Murray combined for an 8-7(7-4) victory over Ellie Linsell and Blakeley Bean at number one doubles, while freshman Margaret Boyette and sophomore Michele Stanford teamed up for an 8-5 win over Gisela Fernandez and Jessica Thaggard in the second doubles match.  At number three doubles, seniors Monica Arguello and Jennifer Betts defeated Jennifer Ansari and Kim-Lea Dinh, 8-2.

Furman won five out of six singles matches for the team victory.  Arguello, ranked 71st nationally, defeated Linsell, 6-3, 6-2, at number one singles, and Kline beat Ansari, 6-1, 6-1, in the second singles match.  Boyette posted a 6-4, 6-2 win over Thaggard at number three singles, while Murray defeated Beatn, 6-4, 6-0, in the fourth singles match-up.  Stanford notched a 7-5, 6-0 victory over Amanda Cash at number five singles.  The Mountaineers picked up their lone point in the sixth singles contest, where Dinh defeated sophomore Olivia Maurice, 6-2, 6-1.

The Paladins return home this weekend to face UNC Greensboro Saturday at noon.  Furman head coach Debbie Southern will be honored prior to the match after earning her 400th career victory last Saturday in the Paladins' 4-3 win at Samford.

Furman 6, Appalachian State University 1
Mar 30, 2011 at Linville, N.C. (Grandfather Mountain CC)

Singles competition

1. #71 Monica Arguello (FUR) def. Ellie Linsell (ASU) 6-3, 6-2

2. Lauren Kline (FUR) def. Jennifer Ansari (ASU) 6-1, 6-1

3. Margaret Boyette (FUR) def. Jessica Thaggard (ASU) 6-4, 6-2

4. Amanda Murray (FUR) def. Blakeley Bean (ASU) 6-4, 6-0

5. Michele Stanford (FUR) def. Amanda Cash (ASU) 7-5, 6-0

6. Kim-Lea Dinh (ASU) def. Olivia Maurice (FUR) 6-2, 6-1


Doubles competition

1. Lauren Kline/Amanda Murray (FUR) def. Ellie Linsell/Blakeley Bean (ASU) 8-7 (7-4)

2. Margaret Boyette/Michele Stanford (FUR) def. Gisela Fernandez/Jessica Thaggard (ASU) 8-5

3. Monica Arguello/Jennifer Betts (FUR) def. Jennifer Ansari/Kim-Lea Dinh (ASU) 8-2


Match Notes

Furman 8-8, 5-0 SoCon

Appalachian State University 7-8, 1-5 SoCon