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College of Charleston Defeats Furman, 4-3, In Thrilling SoCon Championship

College of Charleston Defeats Furman, 4-3, In Thrilling SoCon Championship

CHATTANOOGA, TENN. – In a thrilling Southern Conference women's tennis championship match, the College of Charleston defeated Furman, 4-3, Saturday morning at the Champions Club in Chattanooga, Tenn.

For the second consecutive day, the Paladins battled through an hour and a half of doubles competition.  The Cougars took an early doubles lead, with Jamie Harrell and Christin Newman defeating Furman seniors Jennifer Betts and Monica Arguello, 8-4, at number three doubles.  Paladin freshmen Katherine Oudin and Margaret Boyette evened the score with an 8-5 victory over Emma Hayman and Ireme Viana in the top doubles match, sending the doubles point down to the wire.  College of Charleston came away with the point, as Katie Lee and Kinsey Casey teamed up to defeat freshman Amanda Murray and sophomore Lauren Kline, 9-7, at number two doubles.

In singles action, Furman sophomore Michele Stanford quickly handed Keely Mulligan a 6-3, 6-1 loss at number six singles to even the score at 1-1.  Kelly Kambourelis then defeated Murray, 6-2, 6-2, in the fifth singles match, and Hayman beat Oudin, 6-1, 7-5, in the second singles match to put the College of Charleston up 3-1. 

Furman's Kline notched a 6-3, 6-1 win over Caroline Newman at number three singles, then Arguello, ranked 67th nationally, beat Christin Newman, 7-5, 6-1 in the top singles match to knot the score at 3-3.  Casey defeated Boyette, 6-3, in the first set at number four singles, then Boyette fought back in the second set to force a tiebreaker at 6-6, but Casey came away with the 7-6 (7-5) win in the second set to seal the victory for the Cougars.

Furman concludes the 2011 campaign with a 13-11 overall record and 8-2 SoCon mark.

College of Charleston 4, Furman 3
Apr 23, 2011 at Chattanooga, Tenn. (Champions Club)

Singles competition

1. Monica Arguello (FUR) def. Christin Newman (COFC) 7-5, 6-1

2. Emma Hayman (COFC) def. Katherine Oudin (FUR) 6-1, 7-5

3. Lauren Kline (FUR) def. Caroline Newman (COFC) 6-3, 6-1

4. Kinsey Casey (COFC) def. Margaret Boyette (FUR) 6-3, 7-6 (7-5)

5. Kelly Kambourelis (COFC) def. Amanda Murray (FUR) 6-2, 6-2

6. Michele Stanford (FUR) def. Keely Mulligan (COFC) 6-3, 6-1


Doubles competition

1. Katherine Oudin/Margaret Boyette (FUR) def. Emma Hayman/Irene Viana (COFC) 8-5

2. Katie Lee/Kinsey Casey (COFC) def. Amanda Murray/Lauren Kline (FUR) 9-7

3. Jamie Harrell/Christin Newman (COFC) def. Jennifer Betts/Monica Arguello (FUR) 8-4


Match Notes

Furman 13-11

College of Charleston 21-7

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