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Furman Downs #72 Florida International For First Win Of Season

Furman Downs #72 Florida International For First Win Of Season

GREENVILLE, S.C. – The Furman women's tennis team picked up its first win of the season Sunday, downing  #72 Florida International, 4-3, at the Mickel Tennis Center in Greenville, S.C.

The Paladins won two out of three doubles matches to take the doubles point.  Junior Lauren Kline and freshman Margaret Boyette notched an 8-1 win over Giulietta Boha and Karyn Guttormsen at number two singles, before Sarah McLean and Rita Maisak defeated sophomore Katherine Oudin and freshman Alex Moreno-Kaste, 8-3, in the top doubles match to knot the doubles at one match apiece.  Junior Michele Stanford and sophomore Amanda Murray held on to beat Lisa Johnson and Christine Seredni, 9-8(4), in the third doubles contest to seal the point for Furman.

In singles action, Maisak notched a quick 6-2, 6-1 win over Stanford at number three to put the Panthers on the board.  Boyette then defeated Boha, 6-1, 6-4, in the fourth singles match, and Oudin recorded a 3-6, 6-4, 6-0 win over Johnson at number two to give the Paladins a 3-1 advantage.  McLean pulled out a 7-5, 7-6(5) victory over Kline in the top singles match to cut the lead to 3-2, but Moreno-Kaste's 6-4, 7-6 win over Seredni in the fifth singles match proved to be the deciding contest, as Furman led 4-2.  Guttormsen then came from behind for a 2-6, 6-3, 6-2 victory over Paladin senior Susan Bitetti in the sixth singles match.

Furman (1-1) will play at South Carolina January 25 at 4:30 p.m.

Furman 4, #72 FIU Panthers 3
Jan 18, 2012 at Greenville, S.C. (Mickel Tennis Center)

Singles competition

1. McLean, Sarah (FIU) def. Lauren Kline (FUR) 7-5, 7-6 (7-5)

2. Katherine Oudin (FUR) def. Johnson, Lisa (FIU) 3-6, 6-4, 6-0

3. Maisak, Rita (FIU) def. Michele Stanford (FUR) 6-2, 6-1

4. Margaret Boyette (FUR) def. Boha, Giulietta (FIU) 6-1, 6-4

5. Alex Moreno-Kaste (FUR) def. Seredni, Christine (FIU) 6-4, 7-6

6. Guttormsen, Karyn (FIU) def. Susan Bitetti (FUR) 2-6, 6-3, 6-2


Doubles competition

1. McLean, Sarah/Maisak, Rita (FIU) def. Katherine Oudin/Alex Moreno-Kaste (FUR) 8-3

2. Lauren Kline/Margaret Boyette (FUR) def. Boha, Giulietta/Guttormsen, Karyn (FIU) 8-1

3. Michele Stanford/Amanda Murray (FUR) def. Johnson, Lisa/Seredni, Christine (FIU) 9-8 (7-4)


Match Notes

FIU Panthers 0-2; National ranking #72

Furman 1-1

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