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#68 Furman Blanks Appalachian State To Remain Unbeaten In Southern Conference Play

Blair Martin
Blair Martin

GREENVILLE, S.C. – #68 Furman remained unbeaten in Southern Conference play after blanking Appalachian State, 7-0, Wednesday at the Mickel Tennis Center in Greenville, S.C.

The Paladins swept the doubles matches, winning the top two flights in tiebreakers, to clinch the opening point.  Junior Alex Moreno-Kaste teamed with senior Katherine Oudin to beat Gabrielle Wreder and Mackenzie LaSure, 8-7(5) in the top match-up, and freshmen Blair Martin and Ansley Speaks topped Clare Cox and McKayla Zupan, 8-7(5), at flight two.  In the number three contest, senior Amanda Murray and freshman Karlee Bryde notched an 8-3 victory over Brianna Armellino and Megan Mullen.

Furman won all six singles matches, five in straight sets, for the team victory.  Speaks defeated Cox, 6-1, 6-3, at flight one, and Moreno-Kaste came from behind for a 1-6, 6-1, 6-1 advantage over LaSure at flight two.  Oudin posted a 6-2, 6-1 win against Wreder at number three, then, at flight four, Bryde beat Armellino, 6-3, 6-0.  In the number five match-up, junior Kelly Sullivan defeated Mullen, 6-3, 6-0, and Martin completed the sweep with a 6-1, 6-2 victory versus Zupan at flight six.

The Paladins (10-5, 3-0 SoCon) continue a three-match SoCon home stand Saturday when Furman entertains Samford at noon at the Mickel Tennis Center.

#68 Furman 7, Appalachian State 0
Mar 26, 2014 at Greenville, S.C. (Mickel Tennis Center)

Singles competition

1. Ansley Speaks (FUR) def. Clare Cox (APPW) 6-1, 6-3

2. Alex Moreno-Kaste (FUR) def. Mackenzie LaSure (APPW) 1-6, 6-1, 6-1

3. Katherine Oudin (FUR) def. Gabrielle Wreder (APPW) 6-2, 6-1

4. Karlee Bryde (FUR) def. Brianna Armellino (APPW) 6-3, 6-2

5. Kelly Sullivan (FUR) def. Megan Mullen (APPW) 6-3, 6-0

6. Blair Martin (FUR) def. McKayla Zupan (APPW) 6-1, 6-2


Doubles competition

1. Alex Moreno-Kaste/Katherine Oudin (FUR) def. Gabrielle Wreder/Mackenzie LaSure (APPW) 8-7 (7-5)

2. Blair Martin/Ansley Speaks (FUR) def. Clare Cox/McKayla Zupan (APPW) 8-7 (7-5)

3. Amanda Murray/Karlee Bryde (FUR) def. Brianna Armellino/Megan Mullen (APPW) 8-3


Match Notes

Appalachian State 4-13, 0-4 SoCon

Furman 10-5, 3-0 SoCon; National ranking #68

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