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Furman Opens 2013 Fall Season At Duke And Elon

Amanda Murray
Amanda Murray

GREENVILLE, S.C. -- The Furman women's tennis team opened the 2013 fall season this weekend at the Duke Fab Four Invite in Cary, N.C., and the Elon Invitational, held at the Jimmy Powell Tennis Center in Elon, N.C. 

Paladin senior Katherine Oudin, junior Alex Moreno-Kaste, and freshmen Ansley Speaks and Blair Martin competed at the Duke tournament, which featured participants from Alabama, Texas A&M, William and Mary, North Carolina, Texas, Florida, Oklahoma State, Ole Miss, Miami, Duke, and Furman.  

Moreno-Kaste picked up two singles wins, defeating Nabila Farah of William and Mary, 4-6, 7-6(5), 6-0, then beating Carla Tur Mari of Oklahoma State, 6-4, 6-1.  Speaks notched her first collegiate singles win, besting Texas A&M's Mason Strickland, 6-0, 3-6, 6-0, and Oudin topped Annat Rabinovich of Texas, 7-6(7), 6-1.

At the Elon Invitational, senior Margaret Boyette and freshman Karlee Bryde reached the finals of the A-1 Doubles bracket.  The Paladin duo tallied an 8-1 win over N.C. Central's Nakrasova and Wood in the opening round then defeated Garcia and Garcia of Winthrop, 8-5 to reach the finals.  Johnston and Jansaker of Elon picked up the finals win, topping Furman, 8-4.

In singles action, Bryde recorded three-consecutive A-3 Singles wins in her first collegiate tournament.  Following an opening round loss, Bryde defeated Masey De Moss of UNC Greensboro, 6-3, 7-6(1) then beat UNC Asheville's Jill Lewis, 6-0, 6-2.  On Sunday, the Paladin rookie came from behind for a 4-6, 6-4, 12-10 win versus Ekin Gunaysu of Winthrop.  

Senior Amanda Murray defeated Amryn Soldier of UNC Asheville, 5-7, 7-5, 10-8 in the A-2 bracket then recorded a 6-3, 6-2 win over Western Carolina's Nicole Nielly.  In the same bracket, Boyette registered an opening round win over Tijana Uzelac of Winthrop, 6-3, 2-6, 6-3.

The Paladins play host to Alabama, Clemson, Florida State, Iowa, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Vanderbilt at the Furman Fall Classic Sept. 27-29 in Greenville, S.C.


Complete Furman Results:

Duke Fab Four Invite

Blue Singles

Hanna Mar (Duke) def. Ansley Speaks (FUR), 6-0, 6-3

Ansley Speaks (FUR) def. Mason Strickland (Texas A&M), 6-0, 3-6, 6-0

Megan McCray (Okla. State) def. Ansley Speaks (FUR), 6-4, 6-2

Alyssa Smith (Duke) def. Ansley Speaks (FUR), 7-6(5), 7-5


Black Singles

Maria Belaya (W&M) def. Katherine Oudin (FUR), 6-1, 6-2

Julia Jones (Ole Miss) def. Katherine Oudin (FUR), 6-0, 6-4

Laura Slater (UNC) def. Katherine Oudin (FUR), 6-3, 6-1

Katherine Oudin (FUR) def. Annat Rabinovich (Texas), 7-6(7), 6-1

Marainne Jodoin (Duke) def. Alex Moreno-Kaste (FUR), 6-2, 6-1

Alex Moreno-Kaste (FUR) def. Nabila Farah (W&M), 4-6, 7-6(5), 6-0

Alex Moreno-Kaste (FUR) def. Carla Tur Mari (Okla. State), 6-4, 6-1

Julia Jones (Ole Miss) def. Alex Moreno-Kaste (FUR), 6-3, 6-0


White Singles

Leeza Nemchinov (W&M) def. Blair Martin (FUR), 5-7, 7-6(2), 6-3

Monique Albuquerque (Miami) def. Blair Martin (FUR), 6-0, 6-0

Tessa Lyons (UNC) def. Blair Martin (FUR), 6-3, 6-2

Clementina Riobueno (Miami) def.  Blair Martin (FUR), 6-1, 6-1

Black Doubles

Groenvynck/Rabinovich (Texas) def. Moreno/Martin (FUR), 8-2

McCray/Guttormsen (Okla. State) def. Oudin/Speaks (FUR), 8-6

Mamalat/Deheza (Texas A&M) def. Moreno/Martin (FUR), 8-5


Elon Invitational

A-1 Singles

Isabel von Stryk (USC Upstate) def. Kelly Sullivan (FUR), by default


A-2 Singles

Margaret Boyette (FUR) def. Tijana Uzelac (Winthrop), 6-3, 2-6, 6-3

Julia Casselbury (W&M) def. Margaret Boyette (FUR), 7-6(2), 6-3

Yasmin Flanco (UNCG) def. Margaret Boyette (FUR), 0-6, 6-4, 10-7

Angelica Sidorenko (Charleston So.) def. Amanda Murray (FUR), 6-2, 6-1

Amanda Murray (FUR) def. Amryn Soldier (UNCA), 5-7, 7-5, 10-8

Amanda Murray (FUR) def. Nicole Nielly (W. Carolina), 6-3, 6-2

Rebecca Wood (NCCU) def. Amanda Murray (FUR), 6-4, 7-5 


A-3 Singles

Sydney Smith (W&M) def. Karlee Bryde (FUR), 6-4, 6-3

Karlee Bryde (FUR) def. Masey De Moss (UNCG), 6-3, 7-6(1)

Karlee Bryde (FUR) def. Jill Lewis (UNCA), 6-0, 6-2

Karlee Bryde (FUR) def.  Ekin Gunaysu (Winthrop), 4-6, 6-4, 12-10


A-1 Doubles

Boyette/Bryde (FUR) def. Nekrasova/Wood (NCCU), 8-1

Boyette/Bryde (FUR) def. Garcia/Garcia (Winthrop), 8-5

Johnston/Jansaker (Elon) def. Boyette/Bryde (FUR), 8-4