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#31 Illinois Slips Past Furman, 4-3

#31 Illinois Slips Past Furman, 4-3

GREENVILLE, S.C. – The Illinois women's tennis team, ranked 31st nationally, slipped past Furman, 4-3, Sunday at the Mickel Tennis Center in Greenville, S.C.  The Fighting Illini (4-4) swept the doubles competition to open the match, then the teams split the singles matches to give Illinois the one point advantage.

In doubles action, Rachael White and Melissa Kopinski combined for an 8-2 win over senior Lauren Kline and freshman Alex Moreno-Kaste at number one, while Breanne Smutko and Audrey O'Connor teamed up to defeat senior Michele Stanford and junior Amanda Murray, 8-4 in the second doubles slot.  At number three, Misia Kedzierski and Allison Falkin defeated sophomore Kelly Sullivan and junior Margaret Boyette, 8-3.

Falkin defeated Murray, 6-2, 6-3 at number three singles to give Illinois a 2-0 advantage, before Kline notched a key 6-3, 6-4 win over Kopinski at number one to put the Paladins on the board.  Stanford tied the score at two-all with a 5-7, 6-4, 6-1 come-from-behind victory over Kedzierski in the fourth singles match, but Illinois regained the lead, 3-2, after Smutko beat Boyette, 6-3, 6-2, at number five.  White recorded the winning point with a 6-7 (7), 7-5, 6-1 win over junior Katherine Oudin in the second singles match-up, before Sullivan defeated O'Connor, 6-3, 2-6, (11-9) at number six singles.

Furman (1-1) hits the road next weekend.  The Paladins will play at Central Florida Saturday at noon before facing Troy in Orlando Sunday at 10 a.m.

#31 Illinois 4, Furman 3
Feb. 03, 2013 at Greenville, S.C. (Mickel Tennis Center)

Singles competition

1. Lauren Kline (FUR) def. Melissa Kopinski (ILL) 6-3, 6-4

2. Rachael White (ILL) def. Katherine Oudin (FUR) 6-7 (7-10), 7-5, 6-1

3. Allison Falkin (ILL) def. Amanda Murray (FUR) 6-2, 6-3

4. Michele Stanford (FUR) def. Misia Kedzierski (ILL) 5-7, 6-4, 6-1

5. Breanne Smutko (ILL) def. Margaret Boyette (FUR) 6-3, 6-2

6. Kelly Sullivan (FUR) def. Audrey O'Connor (ILL) 6-3, 2-6, 1-0 (11-9)


Doubles competition

1. Rachael White/Melissa Kopinski (ILL) def. Lauren Kline/Alex Moreno-Kaste (FUR) 8-2

2. Breanne Smutko/Audrey O'Connor (ILL) def. Michele Stanford/Amanda Murray (FUR) 8-4

3. Misia Kedzierski/Allison Falkin (ILL) def. Kelly Sullivan/Margaret Boyette (FUR) 8-3


Match Notes

Illinois 4-4; National ranking #31

Furman 1-1

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