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Paladins Open Road Trip With 4-3 Win Over Miami

Paladins Open Road Trip With 4-3 Win Over Miami

LOUISVILLE, KY. – With the teams deadlocked at three-apiece, sophomore Margaret Boyette defeated Christine Guerrazzi, 7-6(9-7), 2-6, 6-3, at number four singles to lead the Furman women's tennis team to a 4-3 win over Miami (OH) Friday afternoon at the Bass-Rudd Tennis Center in Louisville, Ky.

The Paladins jumped out to an early doubles lead as junior Lauren Kline and freshman Alex Moreno-Kaste defeated Stephanie Danesis and Jessica Parr, 8-2, in the top match.  The RedHawks tied the doubles with Riekie Honiball and Nimisha Mohan's 8-5 victory over Boyette and sophomore Katherine Oudin in the number two match-up.  Furman junior Michele Stanford and sophomore Amanda Murray came through in the deciding set, posting an 8-6 win over Christiana Raymond and Guerrzazzi at number three to secure the doubles point.

Kline notched a quick 6-2, 6-1 win over Mohan at number one singles to give the Paladins a 2-0 lead, before Katherine Castro put Miami on the board with a 6-1, 6-3 victory over freshman Kelsey Kinderknecht in the sixth singles match.  Stanford responded at number three singles, defeating Raymond, 6-2, 6-1, to place Furman seemingly in control, 3-1.

The RedHawks (2-4) answered, as Riekie Honiball beat Oudin, 6-3, 6-4, at number two singles, and Alix Thurman triumphed over Moreno-Kaste, 6-4, 2-6, 6-4, at number five singles to set up the decisive match in the fourth singles spot.

"I was very proud of how we closed out the doubles point," said Furman head coach Debbie Southern following the win.  "Our team really fought hard to have the opportunity to win today.  We executed well, and it paid off."

Furman (2-3) continues the road swing Saturday, facing Louisville at noon.

Furman 4, Miami 3
Feb 10, 2012 at Louisville, Ky. (Bass-Rudd Tennis Center)

Singles competition

1. Lauren Kline (FUR) def. Nimisha Mohan (MIAMI) 6-2, 6-1

2. Riekie Honiball (MIAMI) def. Katherine Oudin (FUR) 6-3, 6-4

3. Michele Stanford (FUR) def. Christiana Raymond (MIAMI) 6-2, 6-1

4. Margaret Boyette (FUR) def. Christine Guerrazzi (MIAMI) 7-6 (9-7), 2-6, 6-3

5. Alix Thurman (MIAMI) def. Alex Moreno-Kaste (FUR) 6-4, 2-6, 6-4

6. Katherine Castro (MIAMI) def. Kelsey Kinderknecht (FUR) 6-1, 6-3


Doubles competition

1. Lauren Kline/Alex Moreno-Kaste (FUR) def. Stephanie Danesis/Jessica Parr (MIAMI) 8-2

2. Riekie Honiball/Nimisha Mohan (MIAMI) def. Margaret Boyette/Katherine Oudin (FUR) 8-5

3. Michele Stanford/Amanda Murray (FUR) def. Christiana Raymond/Christine Guerrazzi (MIAMI) 8-6


Match Notes

Miami 2-4

Furman 2-3

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