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No. 63 Furman Downs Western Carolina, 6-1

Katherine Oudin
Katherine Oudin

CULLOWHEE, N.C. – The Furman women's tennis team, ranked 63rd nationally, downed Western Carolina, 6-1, Wednesday at the Catamount Athletic Complex in Cullowhee, N.C.  With the victory, the Paladins improve to 8-0 in the Southern Conference and extend their winning streak to eight matches.

The Paladins swept the doubles matches to open the match.  Junior Alex Moreno-Kaste and senior Katherine Oudin teamed up to beat Stacia Kissell and Shannon Bettiol, 8-3, in the top contest, and freshman Blair Martin and senior Margaret Boyette posted an 8-2 victory over Megan McLinden and Nicole Nielly in the flight two match-up.  At flight three, freshman Karlee Bryde and senior Amanda Murray defeated Sara Ruiz Pajares and Erin Maguire, 8-1.

In singles action, Furman won five out of six matches in straight sets.  Oudin posted a 6-1, 6-0 win versus Bettiol at number two, and Bryde topped McLinden, 6-2, 6-2, in the flight three contest.  At flight four, Martin downed Ruiz Pajares, 6-3, 6-0, while Murray registered a 6-2, 6-2 advantage against Nielly in the number five match.  Boyette was victorious in the flight six competition, defeating Maguire, 6-3, 6-4.

The Catamounts scored their lone point at flight one, as Kissell defeated Moreno-Kaste, 6-2, 1-6, 6-3.

Furman (15-5, 8-0 SoCon) returns home to face Davidson Thursday at 3 p.m. to conclude the regular season.  The Paladins will honor the team's three seniors between the doubles and singles competition.

#63 Furman 6, Western Carolina 1
Apr 09, 2014 at Cullowhee, N.C. (Catamount Athletic Complex)

Singles competition

1. Stacia Kissell (WCU) def. Alex Moreno-Kaste (FUR) 6-2, 1-6, 6-3

2. Katherine Oudin (FUR) def. Shannon Bettiol (WCU) 6-1, 6-0

3. Karlee Bryde (FUR) def. Megan McLinden (WCU) 6-2, 6-2

4. Blair Martin (FUR) def. Sara Ruiz Pajares (WCU) 6-3, 6-0

5. Amanda Murray (FUR) def. Nicole Nielly (WCU) 6-2, 6-2

6. Margaret Boyette (FUR) def. Erin Maguire (WCU) 6-3, 6-4


Doubles competition

1. Alex Moreno-Kaste/Katherine Oudin (FUR) def. Stacia Kissell/Shannon Bettiol (WCU) 8-3

2. Blair Martin/Margaret Boyette (FUR) def. Megan McLinden/Nicole Nielly (WCU) 8-2

3. Karlee Bryde/Amanda Murray (FUR) def. Sara Ruiz Pajares/Erin Maguire (WCU) 8-1


Match Notes

Furman 15-5, 8-0; National ranking #63

Western Carolina 1-16-1, 0-8

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