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No. 64 Furman Remains Atop SoCon With 6-1 Win At Georgia Southern

Alex Moreno-Kaste
Alex Moreno-Kaste

STATESBORO, GA. – The 64th-ranked Furman women's tennis team remains atop the Southern Conference standings following a 6-1 win over Georgia Southern Saturday at the Wallis Tennis Center in Statesboro, Ga.  With the win, the Paladins extended their winning streak to seven matches entering the final week of the regular season.

Furman swept the doubles matches to claim the opening point.  Junior Alex Moreno-Kaste and senior Katherine Oudin teamed up for an 8-2 win over Francisca Norregaard and Paola Garrido in the top match-up, and the Furman freshman duo of Blair Martin and Ansley Speaks won a close 8-7 contest against Giulia Riepe and Stephanie Woods at number two.  At flight three, freshman Karlee Bryde and senior Amanda Murray held on to defeat Jordana Klein and Mary Phillips Smith, 8-7.

The Paladins won five singles matches, four in straight sets, for the team victory.  Speaks, the SoCon Player of the Month for March, defeated Garrido, 6-3, 7-5, at flight one, and Moreno-Kaste beat Klein, 6-2, 6-2, at number two.  In the number three match-up, Oudin beat Daria Vasekina, 6-1, 6-1, while Bryde registered a 6-1, 6-1 advantage over Woods at number four. 

The Eagles scored their lone point of the day at flight five, where Riepe defeated junior Kelly Sullivan, 6-3, 6-1.  The flight six contest went to a third set, but Martin came from behind to top Smith, 2-6, 6-0, 6-1.

Furman (14-5, 7-0 SoCon) will travel to Western Carolina on Wednesday for a 3 p.m. contest then return home to face Davidson Thursday at 3 p.m. to conclude the regular season.

#64 Furman 6, Georgia Southern 1
Apr 05, 2014 at Statesboro, Ga (Wallis Tennis Center)

Singles competition

1. Ansley Speaks (FUR) def. Paola Garrido (GSU) 6-3, 7-5

2. Alex Moreno-Kaste (FUR) def. Jordana Klein (GSU) 6-2, 6-2

3. Katherine Oudin (FUR) def. Daria Vasekina (GSU) 6-1, 6-1

4. Karlee Bryde (FUR) def. Stephanie Woods (GSU) 6-1, 6-1

5. Giulia Riepe (GSU) def. Kelly Sullivan (FUR) 6-3, 6-1

6. Blair Martin (FUR) def. Mary Phillips Smith (GSU) 2-6, 6-0, 6-1


Doubles competition

1. Alex Moreno-Kaste/Katherine Oudin (FUR) def. Francisca Norregaard/Paola Garrido (GSU) 8-2

2. Blair Martin/Ansley Speaks (FUR) def. Giulia Riepe/Stephanie Woods (GSU) 8-7

3. Karlee Bryde/Amanda Murray (FUR) def. Jordana Klein/Mary Phillips Smith (GSU) 8-7


Match Notes

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