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Paladins Remain Unbeaten In SoCon With 4-3 Win At Appalachian State

Michele Stanford
Michele Stanford

BOONE, N.C. – The Furman women's tennis team remained unbeaten in Southern Conference play with a 4-3 win over Appalachian State Wednesday at the Yonahlossee Racquet Club in Boone, N.C. 

The Paladins clinched the opening point with wins at flight one and flight three doubles.  Senior Lauren Kline and sophomore Alex Moreno-Kaste teamed up to defeat Ellie Linsell and Mackenzie LaSure, 8-5, at number one, while the Furman duo of junior Margaret Boyette and sophomore Kelly Sullivan posted an 8-3 victory versus Gabriela Celi and Brianna Armellino in the third doubles contest.  The flight two match-up, which pitted senior Michele Stanford and junior Amanda Murray against Jennifer Ansari and Clare Cox, was unfinished.

Junior Katherine Oudin notched a quick 6-2, 6-3 win over Armellino at flight three singles to extend the Paladin lead to 2-0, before Linsell put the Mountaineers on the board with a 7-5, 7-5 advantage over Kline in the top singles match-up.  Moreno-Kaste held on to top Cox, 6-1, 4-6, 6-3, at number two, then Stanford's 6-3, 6-4 victory over Ansari at flight four clinched the team win for Furman.

Appalachian State recorded wins in the final two matches of the night, as Jessica Thaggard downed Murray, 7-6, 7-6, at flight five, and Celi bested Sullivan, 6-1, 6-4, in the number six contest.

Furman (9-6, 5-0 SoCon) returns to action on April 3 at the College of Charleston.  First serve is set for 2 p.m.

 

Furman 4, Appalachian State 3
Mar 27, 2013 at Boone, N.C. (Yonahlossee Racquet Club)

Singles competition

1. Ellie Linsell (APP) def. Lauren Kline (FUR) 7-5, 7-5

2. Alex Moreno-Kaste (FUR) def. Clare Cox (APP) 6-1, 4-6, 6-3

3. Katherine Oudin (FUR) def. Brianna Armellino (APP) 6-2, 6-3

4. Michele Stanford (FUR) def. Jennifer Ansari (APP) 6-3, 6-4

5. Jessica Thaggard (APP) def. Amanda Murray (FUR) 7-6 (4-0), 7-6 (6-0)

6. Gabriela Celi (APP) def. Kelly Sullivan (FUR) 6-1, 6-4

 

Doubles competition

1. Lauren Kline/Alex Moreno-Kaste (FUR) def. Ellie Linsell/Mackenzie LaSure (APP) 8-5

2. Jennifer Ansari/Clare Cox (APP) vs. Michele Stanford/Amanda Murray (FUR) unfinished

3. Margaret Boyette/Kelly Sullivan (FUR) def. Gabriela Celi/Brianna Armellino (APP) 8-3

 

Match Notes

Furman 9-6 (5-0)

Appalachian State 11-6 (3-2 SoCon)

T-6:15