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Bryde Leads Paladins To Thrilling 4-3 Win Over Winthrop

Karlee Bryde
Karlee Bryde

GREENVILLE, S.C. – Freshman Karlee Bryde recorded a thrilling three-set 7-6, 4-6, 6-4 victory over Tijana Uzelac at flight four, breaking a three-all tie and leading Furman to a 4-3 win over Winthrop Saturday at the Mickel Tennis Center in Greenville, S.C.

In doubles play, the teams split the opening matches, as Winthrop's Tijana Uzelac and Beth Williamson defeated junior Kelly Sullivan and Bryde, 8-5, at flight three, then Paladin freshmen Ansley Speaks and Blair Martin combined for an 8-6 win versus Ekin Gunaysu and Caitlin Cridland at number two.  Alice Garcia and Andressa Garcia clinched the point for the Eagles, beating junior Alex Moreno-Kaste and senior Katherine Oudin, 8-5, in the top match-up.

Winthrop took a 2-0 lead after Andressa Garcia recorded a 6-3, 6-2 win over Moreno-Kaste at flight one singles, but senior Margaret Boyette put the Paladins on the board with a 6-3, 6-0 victory versus Williamson at number six. 

Furman tied the match at two-all when Speaks beat Alice Garcia, 6-0, 7-5, at flight two, then Sullivan gave the Paladins a 3-2 advantage with a 6-4, 6-3 defeat of Gunaysu at number five.  At flight five, Cridland knotted the match at 3-apiece after tallying a 6-1, 6-4 victory over Oudin, setting up the decisive flight four contest.

"I was really proud of the way we fought in singles after losing the doubles point," said Furman head coach Debbie Southern after the match.  "Today was the first time this season that we have lost the doubles point and pulled out a win in the match.  We knew we had to win four singles matches, and we stepped up and played solid tennis, and we got a win against a good Winthrop team.  Karlee was down in her first set, and she really turned the set around to win, which gave us a lot of momentum."

Furman (5-3) is back in action on Sunday, when the Paladins entertain UCF at noon.   

Furman 4, Winthrop 3
March 1, 2014 at Greenville, S.C. (Mickel Tennis Center)

Singles competition

1. GARCIA, Andressa (WU) def. Alex Moreno-Kaste (FUR) 6-3, 6-2

2. Ansley Speaks (FUR) def. GARCIA, Alice (WU) 6-0, 7-5

3. CRIDLAND, Caitlin (WU) def. Katherine Oudin (FUR) 6-1, 6-4

4. Karlee Bryde (FUR) def. UZELAC, Tijana (WU) 7-6, 4-6, 6-4

5. Kelly Sullivan (FUR) def. GUNAYSU, Ekin (WU) 6-4, 6-3

6. Margaret Boyette (FUR) def. WILLIAMSON, Beth (WU) 6-3, 6-0

 

Doubles competition

1. GARCIA, Alice/GARCIA, Andressa (WU) def. Alex Moreno-Kaste/Katherine Oudin (FUR) 8-5

2. Ansley Speaks/Blair Martin (FUR) def. GUNAYSU, Ekin/CRIDLAND, Caitlin (WU) 8-6

3. UZELAC, Tijana/WILLIAMSON, Beth (WU) def. Kelly Sullivan/Karlee Bryde (FUR) 8-5

 

Match Notes

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