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Furman Opens California Trip With 6-1 Win Over Cal State Fullerton

Furman Women's Tennis at University of San Diego
Furman Women's Tennis at University of San Diego

SAN DIEGO, CALIF. – The Furman women's tennis team opened its Spring Break trip to California with a 6-1 win over Cal State Fullerton Tuesday at the Skip and Cindy Hogan Tennis Center in San Diego, Calif.  With the win, the Paladins extended their winning streak to four matches and have now won six of their last seven matches.

In doubles play, junior Kelly Sullivan and freshman Karlee Bryde teamed up for an 8-3 victory over Megan Sandford and Melanie Abella at flight three, then the freshman duo of Ansley Speaks and Blair Martin registered an 8-2 win versus Alexis Valenzuela and Kalika Slevcove in the number two match-up to grab the opening point for the Paladins.  The flight one match was unfinished.

Furman was victorious in five out of six singles matches, as Speaks defeated Morgan McIntosh, 6-1, 6-2, at flight two, and Bryde beat Camille De Leon at number three, 6-4, 2-6, 10-1.  Senior Katherine Oudin claimed a win at flight four, topping Sandford, 6-2, 6-0, while Sullivan held on for a 6-2, 4-6, 6-4, advantage against Slevcove at number five.  In the flight six contest, senior Margaret Boyette bested Jessica Pepa, 6-1, 6-2.

 "We competed well today," said Furman head coach Debbie Southern following the match.  "We stayed in the points longer than Cal State Fullerton, overall, and the girls did a good job of sticking to our game plan."

Furman (7-3) will compete at UC Irvine on Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. before concluding the California trip with a match at San Diego on Friday.

The Paladins open the 2014 Southern Conference season at Elon on March 21 then play at UNC Greensboro on March 22.  Furman concludes the road swing at Western Carolina on March 25.  The Paladins' next home match is March 26 versus Appalachian State at the Mickel Tennis Center.

Furman 6, Cal State Fullerton 1
Mar 11, 2014 at San Diego, Calif. (Skip & Cindy Hogan Tennis Center)

Singles competition

1. Alexis Valenzuela (CSF) def. Alex Moreno-Kaste (FUR) 6-3, 6-1

2. Ansley Speaks (FUR) def. Morgan McIntosh (CSF) 6-1, 6-2

3. Karlee Bryde (FUR) def. Camille De Leon (CSF) 6-4, 2-6, 10-1

4. Katherine Oudin (FUR) def. Megan Sandford (CSF) 6-2, 6-0

5. Kelly Sullivan (FUR) def. Kalika Slevcove (CSF) 6-2, 4-6, 6-4

6. Margaret Boyette (FUR) def. Jessica Pepa (CSF) 6-1, 6-2


Doubles competition

1. Morgan McIntosh/Camille De Leon (CSF) vs. Alex Moreno-Kaste/Katherine Oudin (FUR) 5-3, unfinished

2. Blair Martin/Ansley Speaks (FUR) def. Alexis Valenzuela/Kalika Slevcove (CSF) 8-2

3. Kelly Sullivan/Karlee Bryde (FUR) def. Megan Sandford/Melanie Abella (CSF) 8-3


Match Notes

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