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Furman Wins Nail-Biter Over Chattanooga, 4-3

Kelly Sullivan
Kelly Sullivan

CHATTANOOGA, TENN. – Sophomore Kelly Sullivan battled back from a 4-1 deficit in the second set to defeat Claire Mulyadi, 7-6, 7-6, at flight six singles to lead the Furman women's tennis team to a 4-3 victory over Chattanooga Sunday at the Girls Preparatory School courts in Chattanooga, Tenn.

Down 4-1 in set two, Sullivan won four-straight games to take a 5-4 advantage, but Mulyadi put together two-consecutive wins for a 6-5 lead.  Sullivan won the next game to force a tiebreaker then held on for the victory, giving the Paladins a 6-0 record in singles tiebreakers for the day.

Furman won two out of three doubles matches to win the opening point.  Senior Lauren Kline and sophomore Alex Moreno-Kaste posted a quick 8-5 victory over Kaylene Chadwell and Kayla Jones in the top flight.   Kelsey Coots and Alexa Flynn then won a tie-breaker for a 9-8 advantage versus junior Amanda Murray and senior Michele Stanford in the number two contest, setting up the decisive match at flight three.  Junior Margaret Boyette and sophomore Kelly Sullivan were down 7-4 and came from behind for a 9-8 win over Clair Mulyadi and Jovana Pecovski at number three to clinch the point.

In singles action, Chadwell topped Moreno-Kaste, 6-2, 6-2, at number two to put the Mocs on the board, then Flynn came from behind for a 4-6, 6-2, 6-2 victory over Stanford at flight four to increase Chattanooga's advantage to 2-1.  Kline posted a 7-6, 7-6 win versus Jenna Nurik in the top contest to knot the score at 2-all, before junior Katherine Oudin came from behind to defeat Jones, 7-6, 6-0, 7-6, at number three to give the Paladins a 3-2 team advantage.  Coots bested Murray, 6-2, 6-3, in the flight five match-up to tie the score at 3-3 and set up the decisive match at number six. 

"Today we battled a hungry Chattanooga team and a loud home crowd, but our girls hung in their matches and steadied the storm for seven hours," said Furman head coach Debbie Southern following the win.  "We had a great comeback at number three doubles to clinch the point, then Lauren and Katherine both pulled out their matches to give Kelly the opportunity to clinch the team win.  Kelly was a warrior for us today!  This was truly a huge team effort."

Furman (8-6, 4-0 SoCon) continues its four-match road swing Wednesday at Appalachian State.  The Paladins square off against the Mountaineers at 3 p.m.


Furman 4, Chattanooga 3
Mar 24, 2013 at Chattanooga, Tenn. (Girls Preparatory School)

Singles competition

1. Lauren Kline (FUR) def. Jenna Nurik (UTC) 7-6 (7-5), 7-6 (7-5)

2. Kaylene Chadwell (UTC) def. Alex Moreno-Kaste (FUR) 6-2, 6-2

3. Katherine Oudin (FUR) def. Kayla Jones (UTC) 7-6 (9-7), 0-6, 7-6 (7-4)

4. Alexa Flynn (UTC) def. Michele Stanford (FUR) 4-6, 6-2, 6-2

5. Kelsey Coots (UTC) def. Amanda Murray (FUR) 6-2, 6-3

6. Kelly Sullivan (FUR) def. Claire Mulyadi (UTC) 7-6 (7-5), 7-6 (7-5)


Doubles competition

1. Lauren Kline/Alex Moreno-Kaste (FUR) def. Kaylene Chadwell/Kayla Jones (UTC) 8-5

2. Kelsey Coots/Alexa Flynn (UTC) def. Amanda Murray/Michele Stanford (FUR) 9-8 (7-5)

3. Margaret Boyette/Kelly Sullivan (FUR) def. Claire Mulyadi/Jovana Pecovski (UTC) 9-8 (7-2)


Match Notes

Furman 8-6, 4-0 SoCon

Chattanooga 13-3, 3-3 SoCon

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

T-6:50 A-46