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San Diego Downs Furman, 5-2, As Paladins Conclude California Trip

Blair Martin
Blair Martin

SAN DIEGO, CALIF. – San Diego captured the doubles point then won four singles matches in the middle of the lineup to down Furman, 5-2, Friday at the Skip and Cindy Hogan Tennis Center in San Diego, Calif.

The Paladins opened play with a doubles win at flight three, as senior Margaret Boyette and freshman Karlee Bryde topped Idil Haciraifoglu and Mikayla Morkel-Brink, 8-3.  The Toreros took the top two flights to win the point, with Shani Blecher and Marta Stojanovic notching an 8-5 victory over junior Alex Moreno-Kaste and senior Katherine Oudin at number one, and Anna Depenau and Colomba DiFilippo defeating the freshman duo of Blair Martin and Ansley Speaks, 8-3, at flight two.

Two Furman freshmen picked up two victories in singles action, as Speaks won a hard-fought match over Blecher, 6-7(5), 7-6(3), 1-0(6) at number one, and Martin bested Morkel-Brink, 6-0, 6-2, at flight six.

San Diego's Stojanovic recorded a 6-3, 6-1 win over Moreno-Kaste at flight two, and Depenau beat Bryde, 6-1, 6-2, at number three.  At flight four, DiFilippo posted a 6-2, 6-3 advantage versus Oudin, while Haciraifoglu came from behind to defeat junior Kelly Sullivan, 4-6, 6-2, 1-0(10), at number five.

Furman (7-5) opens the 2014 Southern Conference season at Elon on March 21 then plays at UNC Greensboro on March 22.  The Paladins conclude their six-match road swing at Western Carolina on March 25.  The Paladins' next home match is March 26 versus Appalachian State at the Mickel Tennis Center.

San Diego 5, Furman 2
Mar 14, 2014 at San Diego, Calif. (Skip & Cindy Hogan Tennis Center)

Singles competition

1. Ansley Speaks (FUR) def. Shani Blecher (USD) 6-7 (5-7), 7-6 (7-3), 1-0 (10-6)

2. Marta Stojanovic (USD) def. Alex Moreno-Kaste (FUR) 6-3, 6-1

3. Anna Depenau (USD) def. Karlee Bryde (FUR) 6-1, 6-2

4. Colomba DiFilippo (USD) def. Katherine Oudin (FUR) 6-2, 6-3

5. Idil Haciraifoglu (USD) def. Kelly Sullivan (FUR) 4-6, 6-2, 1-0 (12-10)

6. Blair Martin (FUR) def. Mikayla Morkel-Brink (USD) 6-0, 6-2


Doubles competition

1. Shani Blecher/Marta Stojanovic (USD) def. Alex Moreno-Kaste/Katherine Oudin (FUR) 8-5

2. Anna Depenau/Colomba DiFilippo (USD) def. Blair Martin/Ansley Speaks (FUR) 8-3

3. Margaret Boyette/Karlee Bryde (FUR) def. Idil Haciraifoglu/Mikayla Morkel-Brink (USD) 8-3


Match Notes

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