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#68 Furman Slips Past #71 Samford, 4-3, To Remain Unbeaten In SoCon Play

Blair Martin
Blair Martin

GREENVILLE, S.C. – Freshman Blair Martin defeated Lauren Caballero, 7-6(4), 6-3, at flight six to break open a 3-3 tie as #68 Furman remained unbeaten in Southern Conference play and extended its winning streak to four matches with a 4-3 over #71 Samford Saturday at the Mickel Tennis Center in Greenville, S.C.  The Paladin win ended Samford's 10-match winning streak and marked the first league loss for the Bulldogs this season.

The Paladins swept the doubles to open the match.  The Furman freshman duo of Ansley Speaks and Blair Martin picked up a quick 8-1 win over Stephanie N'tcha and Carita at flight two, then freshman Karlee Bryde and senior Amanda Murray topped Yasmeen Ebada and Jessica Northcutt, 8-4, at flight three to clinch the opening point.  Senior Alex Moreno-Kaste and junior Katherine Oudin came from behind for an 8-6 victory over Kristin Lewis and Emily Mallory to complete the sweep.

In singles action, Bryde notched a quick 6-1, 6-4 win over Northcutt at flight four, then Speaks defeated N'tcha, 6-3, 6-0, at number one to extend the Paladin lead to 3-0.  Ebada put Samford on the board with a 6-4, 6-4 advantage over Oudin at flight three, then Lewis came from behind to defeat Moreno-Kaste, 5-7, 6-0, 6-3, at number two to pull the Bulldogs within one.  At flight five, Mallory registered a 6-3, 6-4 win against Sullivan to tie the match at 3-all, setting up the decisive number six contest.

"Today's match was a great battle against a talented Samford team," said Furman head coach Debbie Southern following the victory.  "Our team showed a lot of heart today.  I am really proud of Blair and the poise she showed when all eyes were on her court."

The Paladins (11-5, 4-0 SoCon) conclude a three-match SoCon home stand Sunday when Furman entertains Chattanooga at 11 a.m. at the Mickel Tennis Center.

#68 Furman 4, #71 Samford 3
Mar 29, 2014 at Greenville, S.C. (Mickel Tennis Center)

Singles competition

1. Ansley Speaks (FUR) def. Stephanie N'tcha (SAM-WT) 6-3, 6-0

2. Kristin Lewis (SAM-WT) def. Alex Moreno-Kaste (FUR) 5-7, 6-0, 6-3

3. Yasmeen Ebada (SAM-WT) def. Katherine Oudin (FUR) 6-4, 6-4

4. Karlee Bryde (FUR) def. Jessica Northcutt (SAM-WT) 6-1, 6-4

5. Emily Mallory (SAM-WT) def. Kelly Sullivan (FUR) 6-3, 6-4

6. Blair Martin (FUR) def. Lauren Caballero (SAM-WT) 7-6 (7-4), 6-3


Doubles competition

1. Alex Moreno-Kaste/Katherine Oudin (FUR) def. Kristin Lewis/Emily Mallory (SAM-WT) 8-6

2. Blair Martin/Ansley Speaks (FUR) def. Stephanie N'tcha/Carita Moolman (SAM-WT) 8-1

3. Karlee Bryde/Amanda Murray (FUR) def. Yasmeen Ebada/Jessica Northcutt (SAM-WT) 8-4


Match Notes

Samford 12-2, 4-1 SoCon; National ranking #71

Furman 11-5, 4-0 SoCon; National ranking #68

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