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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 christine.johnston@furman.edu.  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)