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UNC Greensboro Hands Furman First SoCon Loss

GREENVILLE, S.C. – UNC Greensboro slipped past Furman, 4-3, Saturday afternoon in women's tennis action at the Mickel Tennis Center in Greenville, S.C., in a battle between two teams that were previously unbeaten in Southern Conference play.

The Spartans were victorious in two out of three doubles matches, winning the doubles point to open the match.  Stephanie MacFarlane and Alex Whitehead defeated Paladin freshmen Margaret Boyette and Amanda Murray, 8-5, in the top doubles match, while Niltooli Wilkins and Lucy Dougherty teamed up for an 8-1 win over Furman sophomores Lauren Kline and Michele Stanford at number two doubles.  Furman came away with a win in the third doubles contest, where seniors Monica Arguello and Jennifer Betts defeated Mikayla Rogers and Annette Rios, 8-2.

In singles action, the two teams battled to a 3-3 tie.   Dougherty defeated Stanford, 6-2, 6-4 in the fifth singles match to give the Spartans a 2-0 lead, then Murray beat Dilara Yurtkuran, 6-3, 6-1, in the fourth match-up to put the Paladins on the board.  Whitehead countered with another point for the Spartans in a 6-2, 6-4 win over Kline at number two singles.  Arguello, ranked 71st nationally, defeated Wilkins, 6-4, 4-6, 6-0 in the top singles match, then Furman tied the match as Boyette defeated MacFarlane, 7-5, 6-4, in the number three singles match.  Rios notched a 7-6, 7-5 victory over Betts in the sixth singles match, giving the Spartans the 4-3 advantage.

Furman (8-9, 5-1 SoCon) will play host to Elon Sunday at noon.

UNCG 4, Furman 3
April 2, 2011 at Greenville, S.C. (Mickel Tennis Center)

Singles competition

1. Monica Arguello (FUR) def. Niltooli Wilkins (UNCG) 6-4, 4-6, 6-0

2. Alex Whitehead (UNCG) def. Lauren Kline (FUR) 6-2, 6-4

3. Margaret Boyette (FUR) def. Stephanie MacFarlane (UNCG) 7-5, 6-4

4. Amanda Murray (FUR) def. Dilara Yurtkuran (UNCG) 6-3, 6-1

5. Lucy Dougherty (UNCG) def. Michele Stanford (FUR) 6-2, 6-4

6. Annette Rios (UNCG) def. Jennifer Betts (FUR) 7-6, 7-5


Doubles competition

1. Stephanie MacFarlane/Alex Whitehead (UNCG) def. Margaret Boyette/Amanda Murray (FUR) 8-5

2. Niltooli Wilkins/Lucy Dougherty (UNCG) def. Lauren Kline/Michele Stanford (FUR) 8-1

3. Monica Arguello/Jennifer Betts (FUR) def. Mikayla Rogers/Annette Rios (UNCG) 8-2


Match Notes

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