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Furman Downs UNCG, 5-2

Ansley Speaks
Ansley Speaks

GREENSBORO, N.C. – Furman improved to 2-0 in its first weekend of Southern Conference play, downing UNC Greensboro, 5-2, Saturday at the UNCG Tennis Courts in Greensboro, N.C.

The Paladins won the top two doubles matches to clinch the opening point.  Senior Katherine Oudin and junior Alex Moreno-Kaste teamed up for an 8-4 win over Devon Sutherland and Kayla Gammie at number one, while the freshman duo of Ansley Speaks and Blair Martin defeated Dilara Yurtkuran and Yasmin Franco, 8-5, at flight two.  The Spartans picked up the win at flight three, as Soumeya Anane and Stephanie Falcon beat senior Margaret Boyette and rookie Karlee Bryce, 8-7(5).

Furman collected three quick singles wins to clinch the match, as Speaks defeated Silara, 6-2, 6-2, in the top match-up, then junior Kelly Sullivan posted a 6-4, 6-1 advantage over Jamie Grinberg at number five.  Martin scored with a 6-1, 6-2 victory versus Ellis at flight six, 6-1, 6-2, pushing the Paladin advantage to 4-0, before the Spartans put two points on the board.

Falcon topped Oudin, 6-2, 6-3, at number three, then Gammie defeated Bryde, 4-6, 6-3, 1-0 (12-10) at flight five.  Moreno-Kaste held on for a hard-fought win at flight two in the final match of the day, beating Anane, 2-6, 7-6(2), 1-0 (10-8).

"This was a great win today against a good UNCG team," said Paladin head coach Debbie Southern following the win.  "I am proud of our team's fight on the road this weekend."

Furman (9-5, 2-0 SoCon) concludes its six-match road swing at Western Carolina on March 25 before returning home to face Appalachian State at the Mickel Tennis Center on March 26.

Furman 5, UNCG 2
Mar 22, 2014 at Greensboro, N.C. (UNCG Tennis Courts)

Singles competition

1. Ansley Speaks (FUR) def. Dilara Yurtkuran (UNCG) 6-2, 6-2

2. Alex Moreno-Kaste (FUR) def. Soumeya Anane (UNCG) 2-6, 7-6 (7-2), 1-0 (10-8)

3. Stephanie Falcon (UNCG) def. Katherine Oudin (FUR) 6-2, 6-3

4. Kayla Gammie (UNCG) def. Karlee Bryde (FUR) 4-6, 6-3, 1-0 (12-10)

5. Kelly Sullivan (FUR) def. Jamie Grinberg (UNCG) 6-4, 6-1

6. Blair Martin (FUR) def. Amy Ellis (UNCG) 6-1, 6-2


Doubles competition

1. Katherine Oudin/Alex Moreno-Kaste (FUR) def. Devon Sutherland/Kayla Gammie (UNCG) 8-4

2. Ansley Speaks/Blair Martin (FUR) def. Dilara Yurtkuran/Yasmin Franco (UNCG) 8-5

3. Soumeya Anane/Stephanie Falcon (UNCG) def. Margaret Boyette/Karlee Bryde (FUR) 8-7 (7-5)


Match Notes

Furman 9-5, 2-0 SoCon

UNCG 4-8, 2-1 SoCon

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