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Paladins Extend Winning Streak To Five Matches With 5-2 Win Over Samford

Paladins Extend Winning Streak To Five Matches With 5-2 Win Over Samford

GREENVILLE, S.C. – The Furman women's tennis team extended its winning streak to five matches with a 5-2 win over Samford Saturday at the Mickel Tennis Center in Greenville, S.C. 

The Bulldogs (10-5, 2-4 SoCon) came out strong early in the match, sweeping the doubles matches.  Kristin Lewis and Lindsey Mallory combined for an 8-3 win over junior Lauren Kline and freshman Alex Moreno-Kaste in the top match, and M. Janse Van Rensburg and Rebecca Kirven topped sophomore Margaret Boyette and freshman Kelly Sullivan, 8-6, at number two doubles.  In the third doubles contest, the duo of Stephanie N'tcha and Adri Lochner beat junior Michele Stanford and sophomore Amanda Murray, 8-6.

Furman turned the tides in singles, quickly taking a first-set victory in all six matches before scoring fast two-set victories in the top four matches.  Kline defeated Van Rensburg, 6-1, 6-1, at number one, and Stanford beat Lewis, 7-5, 6-2, at number two.  In the third-seeded match, sophomore Katherine Oudin notched a 6-3, 6-2 victory over N'tcha, and Boyette recorded a 6-3, 6-2 win over Kirven in the fourth-seeded match-up.

Mallory scored Samford's lone singles point after coming from behind for a 3-6, 6-3, 1-0 (10-5) win over Moreno-Kaste at number five.  Murray then added to the Paladin lead with a 6-1, 7-5 triumph over Jessica Diamond in the sixth singles contest.

Furman (8-7, 3-0 SoCon) concludes a three-match home stand Sunday when the Paladins take on SoCon foe Chattanooga at 11 a.m.

Furman 5, Samford 2
Mar 24, 2012 at Greenville, S.C. (Mickel Tennis Center)

Singles competition

1. Lauren Kline (FUR) def. M.Janse Van Rensburg (SAM-WT) 6-1, 6-1

2. Michele Stanford (FUR) def. Kristin Lewis (SAM-WT) 7-5, 6-2

3. Katherine Oudin (FUR) def. Stephanie N'tcha (SAM-WT) 6-3, 6-2

4. Margaret Boyette (FUR) def. Rebecca Kirven (SAM-WT) 6-3, 6-2

5. Lindsey Mallory (SAM-WT) def. Alex Moreno-Kaste (FUR) 3-6, 6-3, 1-0 (10-5)

6. Amanda Murray (FUR) def. Jessica Diamond (SAM-WT) 6-1, 7-5


Doubles competition

1. Kristin Lewis/Lindsey Mallory (SAM-WT) def. Lauren Kline/Alex Moreno-Kaste (FUR) 8-3

2. M.Janse Van Rensburg/Rebecca Kirven (SAM-WT) def. Margaret Boyette/Kelly Sullivan (FUR) 8-6

3. Stephanie N'tcha/Adri Lochner (SAM-WT) def. Michele Stanford/Amanda Murray (FUR) 8-5


Match Notes

Samford 10-5, 2-4 SoCon

Furman 8-7, 3-0 SoCon

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