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Speaks Leads Paladins With Singles & Doubles Win To Open Play At Furman Fall Classic

Ansley Speaks
Ansley Speaks

GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Freshman Ansley Speaks picked up both a singles and doubles win to lead the Furman women's tennis team Friday in the first day of the 27th Annual Furman Fall Classic, being held this weekend at the Mickel Tennis Center on the campus of Furman University in Greenville, S.C.   

Speaks teamed with junior Kelly Sullivan to beat Alex Martin and Natalie Looney of South Carolina, 8-6, in the second round of the flight three doubles draw in the morning then returned to the court for singles in the afternoon, besting Iowa's Annette Dohanics, 7-5, 6-4, in the flight three draw.

Senior Margaret Boyette also earned a singles victory, topping Laurence Porry of Florida State, 6-1, 6-3.

In doubles competition, Furman registered two second-round wins, as rookies Blair Martin and Karlee Bryde teamed up for an 8-5 victory over Florida State's Eduarda Nardi Dos Santos and Kristina Schleich at flight two, adding to the Speaks/Sullivan win at flight three.

The Furman Fall Classic features six teams ranked in the top 34 in the 2013 final ITA Collegiate Tennis rankings:  Alabama (11th), Clemson (13th), Vanderbilt (19th), Florida State (24th), Tennessee (31st), and South Carolina (34th).  The eight-team field also includes 11 singles players and six doubles teams ranked in the preseason ITA Collegiate Tennis rankings.

On Saturday doubles play will begin at 9 a.m, followed by singles play beginning at 10:30 a.m.


Singles Results

Round One

F1 #46 Daneika Borthwick (FSU) def. Alex Moreno-Kaste (FU), 6-4, 6-2

F2 Marie Casares (VU) def. Katherine Oudin (FU), 6-2, 6-3

F3 Ansley Speaks (FU) def. Annette Dohanics (IA), 7-5, 6-4

F4 Courtney Colton (VU) def. Blair Martin (FU), 6-2, 6-3

F5 Ximena Siles (USC) def. Kelly Sullivan (FU), 6-2, 6-1

F6 Margaret Boyette (FU) def. Laurence Porry (FSU), 6-1, 6-3

F7 Victoria Olivarez (UT) def. Amanda Murray (FU), 6-1, 6-0


Doubles Results

Round One

F1 #56 Henderson/Williams (UT) def. Moreno-Kaste/Boyette (FU), 8-1

F2 Speilmann/Zabor (UA) def. Martin/Bryde (FU), 8-1

F3 Blanco/Maynetto (UA) def. Sullivan/Speaks (FU), 8-5

F4 Lindl/Taveres (UT) def. Murray/Oudin (FU), 8-3


Round Two

F1 Routliffe/Daines (UA) def. Moreno/Boyette (FU), 8-3

F2 Martin/Bryde (FU) def. Santos/Schleich (FSU), 8-5

F3 Sullivan/Speaks (FU) def. Martin/Looney (USC), 8-6