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#38 South Carolina Tops Furman, 6-1

#38 South Carolina Tops Furman, 6-1

GREENVILLE, S.C. – The 38th-ranked South Carolina women's tennis team topped Furman, 6-1, Wednesday at the Mickel Tennis Center in Greenville, S.C.

The Gamecocks took two out of three doubles victories to clinch the doubles point.  In the top doubles match-up, 57th-ranked Jaklin Alawi and Dominika Kanakova teamed up for an 8-2 win over Paladin senior Lauren Kline and sophomore Alex Moreno-Kaste.  At number two doubles, South Carolina's Katerina Popova and Josefin Andersson defeated senior Michele Stanford and junior Amanda Murray, 8-6.  The Paladins came away with a win at number three doubles, as the duo of junior Margaret Boyette and sophomore Kelly Sullivan recorded an 8-7 win over Elixane Lechemia and Ximena SIles Luna.

In singles play, South Carolina claimed wins in the top five matches.  #59 Alawi bested #110 Kline, 6-1, 6-2, at number one, and 114th-ranked Popova defeated junior Katherine Oudin, 6-2, 6-0, in the flight two match.  At number three singles, Lechemia notched a 6-4, 6-4 win over Moreno-Kaste, while Kanakova defeated Stanford, 6-4, 6-2, at number four.  In flight five, Andersson held on for a close 6-4, 7-6 victory over Murray.

Sullivan put the Paladins on the board in the final singles match of the night, defeating Alex Martin, 6-4, 5-7, 1-0, at number six.

Furman (1-4) hits the road this weekend.  The Paladins will play at Charlotte Saturday at noon then travel to Winthrop to face Rock Hill Sunday at 1 p.m.


#38 South Carolina 6, Furman 1
Feb 20, 2013 at Greenville, S.C. (Mickel Tennis Center)

Singles competition

1. #59 Jaklin Alawi (SC) def. #110 Lauren Kline (FUR) 6-1, 6-2

2. #114 Katerina Popova (SC) def. Katherine Oudin (FUR) 6-2, 6-0

3. Elixane Lechemia (SC) def. Alex Moreno-Kaste (FUR) 6-4, 6-4

4. Dominika Kanakova (SC) def. Michele Stanford (FUR) 6-4, 6-2

5. Josefin Andersson (SC) def. Amanda Murray (FUR) 6-4, 7-6 (8-2)

6. Kelly Sullivan (FUR) def. Alex Martin (SC) 4-6, 7-5, 1-0


Doubles competition

1. #57 Jaklin Alawi/Dominika Kanakova (SC) def. Lauren Kline/Alex Moreno-Kaste (FUR) 8-2

2. Katerina Popova/Josefin Andersson (SC) def. Michele Stanford/Amanda Murray (FUR) 8-6

3. Margaret Boyette/Kelly Sullivan (FUR) def. Elixane Lechemia/Ximena Siles Luna (SC) 8-7 (7-2)


Match Notes

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