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Paladins Down SoCon Leader UNC Greensboro, 4-3

Alex Moreno-Kaste
Alex Moreno-Kaste

GREENVILLE, S.C. – The Furman women's tennis team downed Southern Conference leader UNC Greensboro, 4-3, Saturday at the Mickel Tennis Center in Greenville, S.C.  With the win, the Paladins improve to 10-7 overall and are tied for the SoCon lead with a 6-1 conference record.  The Spartans fall to 11-6, 7-2 SoCon with the loss. 

UNCG took a quick lead in doubles, as Kayla Gammie and Annette Rios teamed up for an 8-4 win versus senior Michele Stanford and junior Amanda Murray at flight two.  Furman tied the match after senior Lauren Kline and sophomore Alex Moreno-Kaste defeated Alex Whitehead and Niltooli Wilkins, 8-6, in the top contest, setting up a decisive flight three.

The number three doubles match went to a tiebreaker, with junior Margaret Boyette and sophomore Kelly Sullivan holding on for a 9-8(7-3) advantage over Stephanie Falcon and Dilara Yurkuran to clinch the opening point for the Paladins.

In singles play, Moreno-Kaste notched a swift 6-0, 6-2 victory over Yurtkuran at flight two, and Boyette came back from a 3-0 first set deficit to defeat Gammie, 6-3, 6-3, at number six to push the Paladin lead to 3-0.  Falcon posted a 6-4, 6-1 win versus Murray at flight six to put the Spartans on the board, but junior Katherine Oudin held on for a 6-1, 4-6, 6-3 victory against Whitehead at number three to clinch the team win for Furman.

At number four singles, Rios came from behind for a close 5-7, 6-4, 1-0 (10-7) win over Stanford, then Wilkins defeated Kline, 4-6, 6-2, 6-4 in the top flight to close out the match with two Spartan victories.

Furman will entertain Elon Sunday.  First serve is set for noon.


Furman 4, UNCG 3
Apr 6, 2013 at Greenville, S.C. (Mickel Tennis Center)

Singles competition

1. Niltooli Wilkins (UNCG) def. Lauren Kline (FUR) 4-6, 6-2, 6-4

2. Alex Moreno-Kaste (FUR) def. Dilara Yurtkuran (UNCG) 6-0, 6-2

3. Katherine Oudin (FUR) def. Alex Whitehead (UNCG) 6-1, 4-6, 6-3

4. Annette Rios (UNCG) def. Michele Stanford (FUR) 5-7, 6-4, 1-0 (10-7)

5. Stephanie Falcon (UNCG) def. Amanda Murray (FUR) 6-4, 6-1

6. Margaret Boyette (FUR) def. Kayla Gammie (UNCG) 6-3, 6-3


Doubles competition

1. Lauren Kline/Alex Moreno-Kaste (FUR) def. Alex Whitehead/Niltooli Wilkins (UNCG) 8-6

2. Kayla Gammie/Annette Rios (UNCG) def. Michele Stanford/Amanda Murray (FUR) 8-4

3. Margaret Boyette/Kelly Sullivan (FUR) def. Stephanie Falcon/Dilara Yurtkuran (UNCG) 9-8 (7-3)


Match Notes

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