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College Of Charleston Defeats Furman, 4-3, In Thrilling SoCon Match-Up

College Of Charleston Defeats Furman, 4-3, In Thrilling SoCon Match-Up

GREENVILLE, S.C. – College of Charleston senior Caroline Newman defeated Paladin sophomore Katherine Oudin, 6-3, 1-6, 7-6 (7-4) at number three singles to clinch a 4-3 victory over Furman Wednesday at the Mickel Tennis Center in Greenville, S.C.  With the win, the Cougars gained control of second place in the Southern Conference standings.

Furman jumped out to an early lead, winning two out of three doubles matches to earn the match's first point.  Freshman Alex Moreno-Kaste and junior Michele Stanford combined to defeat Irene Viana and Samantha Maddox, 8-5, in the top match, but the Cougars answered, as Kelly Kambourelis and Jenny Falcone topped Oudin and junior Lauren Kline, 8-5, in the second doubles match.  In the decisive third-seeded contest, sophomore Margaret Boyette and freshman Kelly Sullivan survived a close match-up, defeating Christin Newman and Katie Lee, 9-7, to clinch the point.

College of Charleston quickly gained control in singles, winning the first set in four of six matches.  Falcone posted a 6-4, 6-0 victory over Moreno-Kaste at number five, then Kambourelis notched a 6-2, 6-3 win over Stanford in the second singles match, giving the Cougars a 2-1 advantage.  Boyette tied the match at 2-apiece after defeating Maddox, 6-4, 6-2, at number four singles.

Newman bested Kline, 6-2, 6-3, in the top singles match to push CofC ahead 3-2, before the teams split sets at number three and number six singles.  Paladin sophomore Amanda Murray held on for a 6-3, 5-7, 7-6 (7-2) win over Lee at number three singles to tie the match, setting up the decisive third-seeded match-up.

Furman (11-9, 6-2 SoCon) will conclude the 2012 road season Friday when the team plays at Western Carolina at 3 p.m.  The Paladins will honor senior Susan Bitetti and junior Olivia Maurice in their final home match of the season Saturday, when Furman takes on Davidson at 1 p.m. at the Mickel Tennis Center.

College of Charleston 4, Furman 3
Apr 11, 2012 at Greenville, S.C. (Mickel Tennis Center)

Singles competition

1. Christin Newman (COFC) def. Lauren Kline (FUR) 6-2, 6-3

2. Kelly Kambourelis (COFC) def. Michele Stanford (FUR) 6-2, 6-3

3. Caroline Newman (COFC) def. Katherine Oudin (FUR) 6-3, 1-6, 7-6 (7-4)

4. Margaret Boyette (FUR) def. Samantha Maddox (COFC) 6-4, 6-2

5. Jenny Falcone (COFC) def. Alex Moreno-Kaste (FUR) 6-4, 6-0

6. Amanda Murray (FUR) def. Katie Lee (COFC) 6-3, 5-7, 7-6 (7-2)


Doubles competition

1. Alex Moreno-Kaste/Michele Stanford (FUR) def. Irene Viana/Samantha Maddox (COFC) 8-5

2. Kelly Kambourelis/Jenny Falcone (COFC) def. Katherine Oudin/Lauren Kline (FUR) 8-5

3. Margaret Boyette/Kelly Sullivan (FUR) def. Christin Newman/Katie Lee (COFC) 9-7


Match Notes

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