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Winthrop Uses Close Singles Victories To Blank Furman, 7-0

Winthrop Uses Close Singles Victories To Blank Furman, 7-0

ROCK HILL, S.C. – Winthrop won two out of three doubles matches and was victorious in four split-set matches to blank Furman, 7-0, Sunday in women's tennis action at the Winthrop Memorial Tennis Courts in Rock Hill, S.C. 

Paladin senior Lauren Kline and sophomore Alex Moreno-Kaste opened the doubles competition with an 8-5 win over Yasmsine Alkema and Andressa Garcia at number one, before Caitlin Cridland and Ekin Gunaysu teamed up to defeat Furman junior Margaret Boyette and sophomore Kelly Sullivan, 8-5, to knot the doubles at one apiece.  In the decisive flight two match, Alice Garica and Biovanna Portioli posted an 8-5 victory over junior Amanda Murray and senior Michele Stanford to clinch the doubles point.

In singles action, Cridland blanked Sullivan, 6-0, 6-0, at number five, then Gunaysu held on for a 6-3, 1-6, 6-2 victory over Boyette at flight six to push the Eagles lead to 3-0.  Portioli clinched the team win with a 6-2, 6-3 decision over Murray at number four singles. 

The Paladins pushed the Eagles to a tie-breaker in each of the top three singles matches to end the match.  #107 Alkema came from behind for a 5-7, 6-2, 1-0 (10-3) win versus #110 Kline in the top flighted singles match-up, then Alice Garcia squeaked by Stanford, 4-6, 7-6, 1-0 (10-8) at number three.  In the second singles match, Andressa Garcia posted a 7-5, 1-6, 1-0 (10-8) win over junior Katherine Oudin.

Furman (1-5) opens Southern Conference play next Saturday when the Paladins entertain Georgia Southern at 11 a.m. at the Mickel Tennis Center.


Winthrop 7, Furman 0
2/24/2013 at Rock Hill, SC (Winthrop Memorial Tennis Courts)

Singles competition

1. #107 Yasmine Alkema (WUW) def. #110 Lauren Kline (FUR) 5-7, 6-2, 1-0 (10-3)

2. Andressa Garcia (WUW) def. Katherine Oudin (FUR) 7-5, 1-6, 1-0 (10-8)

3. Alice Garcia (WUW) def. Michele Stanford (FUR) 4-6, 7-6, 1-0 (10-8)

4. Giovanna Portioli (WUW) def. Amanda Murray (FUR) 6-2, 6-3

5. Caitlin Cridland (WUW) def. Kelly Sullivan (FUR) 6-0, 6-0

6. Ekin Gunaysu (WUW) def. Margaret Boyette (FUR) 6-3, 1-6, 6-2


Doubles competition

1. Lauren Kline/Alex Moreno-Kaste (FUR) def. Yasmine Alkema/Andressa Garcia (WUW) 8-5

2. Alice Garcia/Giovanna Portioli (WUW) def. Amanda Murray/Michele Stanford (FUR) 8-5

3. Caitlin Cridland/Ekin Gunaysu (WUW) def. Margaret Boyette/Kelly Sullivan (FUR) 8-5


Match Notes

Furman 1-5

Winthrop 4-6

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