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Paladins Rally For 4-3 Win At Loyola Marymount

Paladins Rally For 4-3 Win At Loyola Marymount

LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Down 3-0, the Furman women's tennis team rallied back to defeat Loyola Marymount, 4-3, Saturday at the LMU Tennis Center in Los Angeles, Calif. 

The Lions came out strong, winning two out of three doubles matches to clinch the doubles point.  Ashley Anderson and Tory Parravi combined for an 8-2 win over sophomores Margaret Boyette and Katherine Oudin at number two, and April Bisharat and Claudia Razzeto defeated junior Michele Stanford and sophomore Amanda Murray, 8-5, at number three.  Furman junior Lauren Kline and freshman Alex Moreno-Kaste beat Elisaveta Pironkova and Reka Rohonyi, 8-4, in the top doubles match-up.

In singles action, Parravi defeated Boyette, 6-2, 6-2, at number three, then Bisharat notched a 7-5, 6-3 victory over Kline at number one to give Loyola Marymount a 3-0 advantage, before a 6-1, 6-3 fourth-seed win by Oudin over Miya Jin put the Paladins on the board. 

Moreno-Kaste came from behind for a 2-6, 6-1, 6-4 victory over Anderson at number five to cut the deficit to 3-2, and Stanford tied the match with a 6-1, 3-6, 6-4 triumph over Razzeto in the second singles contest, setting up a show-down at number six singles.  Murray dropped the first set to Rohonyi, 7-6, then posted a 7-5 victory in the second set, pushing the match to a decisive third set.  Murray rallied, taking the set 6-4 for the Paladin team victory.

"The team did a great job of making game-style adjustments after the doubles point," said Furman head coach Debbie Southern following the victory.  "We fought with the determination of a very hungry team!  Alex and Amanda turned their matches to give us a chance to win, and Katherine and Michele stepped up for important victories."

Furman (4-7) returns home to play host to East Carolina Saturday at 10 a.m.

Furman University 4, Loyola Marymount University 3
Mar 10, 2012 at Los Angeles, Calif. (LMU Tennis Center)

Singles competition

1. April Bisharat (LMU) def. Lauren Kline (FUR) 7-5, 6-3

2. Michele Stanford (FUR) def. Claudia Razzeto (LMU) 6-1, 3-6, 6-4

3. Tory Parravi (LMU) def. Margaret Boyette (FUR) 6-2, 6-2

4. Katherine Oudin (FUR) def. Miya Jin (LMU) 6-1, 6-3

5. Alex Moreno-Kaste (FUR) def. Ashley Anderson (LMU) 2-6, 6-1, 6-4

6. Amanda Murray (FUR) def. Reka Rohonyi (LMU) 6-7 (5-7), 7-5, 6-4


Doubles competition

1. Lauren Kline/Alex Moreno-Kaste (FUR) def. Elisaveta Pironkova/Reka Rohonyi (LMU) 8-4

2. Ashley Anderson/Tory Parravi (LMU) def. Margaret Boyette/Katherine Oudin (FUR) 8-2

3. April Bisharat/Claudia Razzeto (LMU) def. Michele Stanford/Amanda Murray (FUR) 8-5


Match Notes

Furman University 4-7

Loyola Marymount University 3-9

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

T-4.5 hrs A-100