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Furman Advances To SoCon Championship Match With 4-1 Win Over UNC Greensboro

CHATTANOOGA, TENN. – The Furman women's tennis team avenged a 4-3 regular-season loss and advanced to the Southern Conference Championship match with a 4-1 win over UNC Greensboro Friday morning at the Champions Club in Chattanooga, Tenn. 

The Spartans jumped out to an early lead by winning two out of three matches in a doubles battle that lasted almost an hour and a half.  Furman seniors Monica Arguello and Jennifer Betts teamed up for an 8-2 win over Mikayla Rogers and Devon Sutherland at number three doubles, before Greensboro's Lucy Dougherty and Niltooli Wilkins combined to defeat sophomore Lauren Kline and freshman Amanda Murray, 8-3, in the second doubles match.   Stephanie MacFarlane and Alex Whitehead then beat Paladin freshmen Margaret Boyette and Katherine Oudin, 8-6, at number one singles to clinch the point.

The Paladins rebounded in singles action, winning the first set in all six matches.  Kline defeated MacFarlane, 6-4, 6-2, at number three singles, then Arguello, ranked 67th nationally, handed Wilkins a 6-4, 6-3 loss in the top singles match to give Furman a 3-0 lead.  Murray sealed the victory for the Paladins with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Dougherty in the fifth singles match.

Two singles matches remained unfinished.  Whitehead led Oudin, 6-2, 4-6, 3-0, at number two singles, while Paladin sophomore Michele Stanford split sets 6-4, 3-6, with Rogers in the sixth singles match.

Furman (13-10, 8-2 SoCon) will face the College of Charleston Saturday at 10 a.m. in the championship match of the tournament.

Furman 4, UNCG 1
Apr 22, 2011 at Chattanooga, Tenn. (Champions Club)

Singles competition

1. Monica Arguello (FUR) def. Niltooli Wilkins (UNCG) 6-4, 6-3

2. Alex Whitehead (UNCG) vs. Katherine Oudin (FUR) 2-6, 6-4, 0-3, unfinished

3. Lauren Kline (FUR) def. Stephanie MacFarlane (UNCG) 6-4, 6-2

4. Margaret Boyette (FUR) def. Dilara Yurtkuran (UNCG) 6-2, 7-5

5. Amanda Murray (FUR) def. Lucy Dougherty (UNCG) 6-3, 6-4

6. Mikayla Rogers (UNCG) vs. Michele Stanford (FUR) 4-6, 6-3, unfinished


Doubles competition

1. Stephanie MacFarlane/Alex Whitehead (UNCG) def. Margaret Boyette/Katherine Oudin (FUR) 8-6

2. Lucy Dougherty/Niltooli Wilkins (UNCG) def. Lauren Kline/Amanda Murray (FUR) 8-3

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


Match Notes

Furman 13-10

UNCG 15-7

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