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UC Irvine Slips Past Furman, 4-3

UC Irvine Slips Past Furman, 4-3

IRVINE, Calif. – Paladin sophomore Amanda Murray came from behind with a second-set win at number six singles, but the effort proved too little as Ali Facey took the match, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 to lead UC Irvine to a 4-3 win over Furman in women's tennis action at the Anteater Tennis Stadium Wednesday.

The Paladins opened the match by winning two out of three doubles matches to clinch the doubles point.  Junior Lauren Kline and freshman Alex Moreno-Kaste defeated Courtney Byron and Hannah Holladay, 8-6, at number one doubles, then Anteaters Franziska Goettschin and Kristina Smith teamed up for an 8-5 win over sophomores Margaret Boyette and Katherine Oudin at number two to tie the match.  The duo of Murray and junior Michele Stanford fought through a close match at number three, defeating Ali Facey and Kat Facey, 9-8(5) to claim the point for Furman.

The Anteaters came out strong early in the singles matches, as Kat Facey defeated Moreno-Kaste, 6-3, 6-2, at number four to tie the match at 1-apiece.  Byron posted a 6-1, 6-2 win over Stanford in the second singles contest, then Smith beat Kline, 6-1, 6-4, in the top singles match-up, giving UC Irvine a 3-1 team lead.

Furman roared back, tying the match at 3-all as Boyette defeated Goettschin, 6-3, 6-2, at number four, and Oudin handed Marivick Mamiit a 6-2, 6-4 loss at number five singles to set up the decisive match at number six.

"We competed well today," said Furman head coach Debbie Southern following the match.  "The team closed out the doubles points at 1-1, then got down 3-1 in the match, but fought to 3-3 and just couldn't pull out the third set.  I'm very proud of our team for a well-fought match.  Amanda turned her match around by winning the second set to give us an opportunity.  What an exciting match!"

The Paladins (3-6) will play at Cal State Northridge Friday at 5 p.m.

UC Irvine 4, Furman 3
Mar 07, 2012 at Irvine, Calif. (Anteater Tennis Stadium)

Singles competition

1. Kristina Smith (UCI) def. Lauren Kline (FUR) 6-1, 6-4

2. Courtney Byron (UCI) def. Michele Stanford (FUR) 6-1, 6-2

3. Margaret Boyette (FUR) def. Franziska Goettschin (UCI) 6-3, 6-2

4. Kat Facey (UCI) def. Alex Moreno-Kaste (FUR) 6-3, 6-2

5. Katherine Oudin (FUR) def. Marivick Mamiit (UCI) 6-2, 6-4

6. Ali Facey (UCI) def. Amanda Murray (FUR) 6-3, 3-6, 6-3


Doubles competition

1. Lauren Kline/Alex Moreno-Kaste (FUR) def. Courtney Byron/Hannah Holladay (UCI) 8-6

2. Franziska Goettschin/Kristina Smith (UCI) def. Margaret Boyette/Katherine Oudin (FUR) 8-5

3. Amanda Murray/Michele Stanford (FUR) def. Ali Facey/Kat Facey (UCI) 9-8 (7-5)


Match Notes

Furman 3-6

UC Irvine 8-4

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