WILMINGTON, N.C. -- The Furman women's tennis team opened the 2011 fall season Friday in the first day of the UNCW Collegiate Tennis Invitational in Wilmington, N.C.
In the Flight A Singles bracket the Paladins picked up two wins, with junior Lauren Kline defeating Georgetown's Lauren Greco, 6-3, 6-4, and sophomore Katherine Oudin recording a 6-3, 6-3 win over Ikttesh Chahal of West Virginia. Tina Tehrani of Georgetown beat Furman sophomore Margaret Boyette, 6-2, 6-4, while UNC Wilmington's Christina Lee defeated sophomore Amanda Murray, 6-1, 6-2.
Furman had a strong showing in the Flight B Singles draw, with freshman Alex Moreno-Kaste defeating Madeline Jaeger of Georgetown, 7-6, 6-4, and fellow rookie Kelly Sullivan notching a 6-4, 6-1 win over Georgetown's Michaela Rollings. Senior Susan Bitetti beat Mary Chupa of West Virginia, 6-0, 6-0, while sophomore Michele Stanford defeated Miller Hales of UNCW, 6-2, 7-5. Vicky Sekely of Georgetown defeated Furman's Jenny Porter, 6-1, 6-1, to round out the draw. Hamilton Lovett (UNCW) posted a 7-5, 6-3 win over junior Olivia Maurice in the Paladins' lone match in Flight C Singles.
In Flight A doubles action, Maurice teamed with Sullivan to defeat Landers and Taeger of Georgetown, 8-1, while Boyette and Oudin posted an 8-5 win over Riley and Hales of UNC Wilmington. Chupa and Cardenes of West Virginia beat Moreno-Kaste and Murray, 8-6, and Chahal and Mathis, also of West Virginia, beat Kline and Stanford, 9-8. Lovett of UNC Wilmington teamed with Virginia Tech's Rauscher to defeat Porter and Bitetti, 8-5, in Flight B Doubles.
Friday's play was delayed twice by rain, and consolation matches were not played due to weather. The tournament will continue through Sunday.
Flight A Singles
Tina Tehrani (GT) def. Margaret Boyette (Furman), 6-2, 6-4
Lauren Kline (Furman) def. Lauren Greco (GT), 6-3, 6-4
Christina Lee (UNCW) def. Amanda Murray (Furman), 6-1, 6-2
Katherine Oudin (Furman) def. Ikttesh Chahal (WVU), 6-3, 6-3
Flight B Singles
Alex Moreno-Kaste (Furman) def. Madeline Jaeger (GT), 7-6, 6-4
Kelly Sullivan (Furman) def. Michaela Rollings (GT), 6-4, 6-1
Susan Bitetti (Furman) def. Mary Chupa (WVU), 6-0, 6-0
Michele Stanford (Furman) def. Miller Hales (UNCW), 6-2, 7-5
Vicky Sekely (GT) def. Jenny Porter (Furman), 6-1, 6-1
Flight C Singles
Hamilton Lovett (UNCW) def. Olivia Maurice (Furman), 7-5, 6-3
Flight A Doubles
Maurice/Sullivan (Furman) def. Landers/Taeger (GT), 8-1
Chupa/Cardenes (WVU) def. Moreno-Kaste/Murray (Furman), 8-6
Chahal/Mathis (WVU) def. Kline/Stanford (Furman), 9-8
Oudin/Boyette (Furman) def. Riley/Hales (UNCW), 8-5
Flight B Doubles
Lovett (UNCW)/Rauscher (VT) def. Porter/Bitetti (Furman), 8-5