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#64 Furman Maintains Firm Hold On Pinson Cup With 7-0 Win At Wofford

Amanda Murray
Amanda Murray

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – The Furman women's tennis team, ranked 64th nationally, maintained a firm hold on the Pinson Cup with a 7-0 win over Wofford Wednesday at the Reeves Tennis Center in Spartanburg, S.C.  With the win, the Paladins extended their winning streak to six matches and remained unbeaten in Southern Conference play.

Bobby and Dixie Pinson, beloved friends of both the Furman and Wofford programs, have given the trophy and a generous donation in honor of the rivalry between the two schools.  The trophy stays with the winning school until the winner of the next season's match is determined, and the Paladins have been awarded the trophy each year since its inception in 2005.

Furman swept the doubles matches to clinch the opening point.  Freshmen Blair Martin and Ansley Speaks moved into the top flight and defeated Sarah Evans and Julia Paulson, 8-2, while seniors Katherine Oudin and Margaret Boyette teamed up for an 8-4 victory over Catherine Martin and Mareli Sanchez at flight two.  In the number three match-up, freshman Karlee Bryde and senior Amanda Murray topped Emily Erickson and Kalli Karas, 8-0.

The Paladins won all six singles matches, five in straight-sets.  Speaks posted a 6-2, 6-1 advantage over Evans at flight one, while Oudin came from behind to beat Audrey Coventry, 6-7(1), 6-0, 1-0(10-7) at number two.  Bryde registered a 6-0, 6-3 win against Paulson in the number three contest, and Martin bested Sanchez, 6-1, 6-3, at number four.  In the flight five match, Murray defeated Taylor Carlson, 6-3, 6-4, and Boyette boasted a 6-0, 6-3 win versus Erickson at number six to complete the sweep.

The Paladins (13-5, 6-0 SoCon) will play their final road contest of the regular season Saturday at Georgia Southern.  First serve is set for 10:30 a.m.

#64 Furman 7, Wofford 0
Apr 02, 2014 at Spartanburg, S.C. (Reeves Tennis Center)

Singles competition

1. Ansley Speaks (FUR) def. Sarah Evans (WOF) 6-2, 6-1

2. Katherine Oudin (FUR) def. Audrey Coventry (WOF) 6-7 (1-7), 6-0, 1-0 (10-7)

3. Karlee Bryde (FUR) def. Julia Paulson (WOF) 6-0, 6-3

4. Blair Martin (FUR) def. Mareli Sanchez (WOF) 6-1, 6-3

5. Amanda Murray (FUR) def. Taylor Carlson (WOF) 6-3, 6-4

6. Margaret Boyette (FUR) def. Emily Erickson (WOF) 6-0, 6-3


Doubles competition

1. Blair Martin/Ansley Speaks (FUR) def. Sarah Evans/Julia Paulson (WOF) 8-2

2. Katherine Oudin/Margaret Boyette (FUR) def. Catherine Martin/Mareli Sanchez (WOF) 8-4

3. Karlee Bryde/Amanda Murray (FUR) def. Emily Erickson/Kalli Karas (WOF) 8-0


Match Notes

Furman 13-5, 6-0 SoCon; National ranking #64

Wofford 5-12, 1-6 SoCon

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

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