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Furman Tops East Carolina, 5-2

Margaret Boyette
Margaret Boyette

GREENVILLE, S.C. – Furman clinched the doubles point and won four out of six singles matches to top East Carolina, 5-2, Saturday at the Mickel Tennis Center in Greenville, S.C.

Paladin senior Margaret Boyette and freshman Karlee Bryde notched a quick 8-3 victory over Emily Groeneveld and Elizabeth Zurawel at flight three doubles, then junior Alex Moreno-Kaste and senior Katherine Oudin held on for an 8-7 win versus Michelle Castro and Nicole LaDuca in the top doubles match-up to take the opening point.  The flight two match was unfinished.

In singles play, freshman Ansley Speaks bested Nicole LaDuca, 6-3, 6-2, at flight two, and Oudin recorded a 6-3, 6-0 victory over Groeneveld at number three.  Bryde defeated Maria Storozheva, 6-2, 6-2, at flight three, then Boyette topped Zurawel, 6-3, 6-2, in the number six contest.

The Pirates picked up two singles wins, as Castro came from behind to beat Moreno-Kaste, 2-6, 6-4, 6-1, in the top singles match-up, and Dana Gray registered a 6-2, 6-4 win over Sullivan at flight five.

Furman (4-3) will participate in the USTA's Campus Kids' Days on March 1, when the team plays host to Winthrop.  Activities begin at 12:30 p.m. at the Mickel Tennis Center in Greenville, S.C., with the match beginning at 1 p.m. 

Kids are invited to the meet the 2014 Lady Paladins and receive an autographed poster.  Participants can take a photo with the team, enter to win great prizes, and enjoy a free lunch while cheering on the Paladins.  

Please RSVP by Feb. 23 to Furman women's tennis assistant coach Christine Johnston at  For more information, or if you have questions, call 864-294-3568.

Furman 5, East Carolina 2
Feb 22, 2014 at Greenville, S.C. (Mickel Tennis Center)

Singles competition

1. Michelle Castro (ECU) def. Alex Moreno-Kaste (FUR) 2-6, 6-4, 6-1

2. Ansley Speaks (FUR) def. Nicole LaDuca (ECU) 6-3, 6-2

3. Katherine Oudin (FUR) def. Emily Groeneveld (ECU) 6-3, 6-0

4. Karlee Bryde (FUR) def. Maria Storozheva (ECU) 6-2, 6-2

5. Dana Gray (ECU) def. Kelly Sullivan (FUR) 6-2, 6-4

6. Margaret Boyette (FUR) def. Elizabeth Zurawel (ECU) 6-4, 6-2


Doubles competition

1. Alex Moreno-Kaste/Katherine Oudin (FUR) def. Michelle Castro/Nicole LaDuca (ECU) 8-7

2. Blair Martin/Ansley Speaks (FUR) vs. Dana Gray/Maria Storozheva (ECU) 7-5, unfinished

3. Margaret Boyette/Karlee Bryde (FUR) def. Emily Groeneveld/Elizabeth Zurawel (ECU) 8-2


Match Notes

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