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Elon Downs Furman, 4-3, In SoCon Semifinals

Blair Martin
Blair Martin

CHATTANOOGA, TENN. – With the score tied at 3-apiece, Barbora Lazarova came from behind to defeat freshman Karlee Bryde, 4-6, 7-5, 6-1, to help No. 4 Elon to a 4-3 win over top-seeded Furman Friday in the semifinals of the 2014 Southern Conference Championships at the Champions Club in Chattanooga, Tenn.  With the victory, the Phoenix snapped the Paladins' 10-match winning streak and advances to the finals of the league tournament. 

Elon won two out of three doubles matches to clinch the opening point.  Bryn Khoury and Taylor Casey notched an 8-4 victory over Bryde and senior Amanda Murray at flight three, then Paladin junior Alex Moreno-Kaste teamed with senior Katherine Oudin to defeat Jordan Johnston and Lazarova, 8-4 in the top match-up.  The decisive number two contest went to a tiebreaker, with Frida Jansaker and Maria Camara Ruiz downing freshman Blair Martin and Ansley Speaks, 8-7, to claim the point.

The Phoenix extended its lead to 2-0 after Jansaker registered a 7-5, 6-1 advantage over Moreno-Kaste at flight two to open singles play, but Martin put the Paladins on the board with a 6-1, 6-2 victory versus Tolley Rice at number six.

Khoury extended the Elon lead to 3-1 with a 6-4, 6-1 win against Oudin at flight three, but Furman battled back, winning the next two matches in three sets to tie the match.  Junior Kelly Sullivan downed Ruiz, 6-2, 1-6, 6-3, at flight five, and Speaks avenged a regular season loss, defeating Johnson, 7-6(4), 1-6, 6-2, in the top match-up, setting up the decisive flight four match-up.

Furman, ranked 61st nationally, falls to 17-6, 9-0 SoCon following the loss.

Elon University 4, #61 Furman 3
Apr 18, 2014 at Chattanooga, Tenn. (Champions Club)

Singles competition

1. Ansley Speaks (FUR) def. Jordan Johnston (ELON) 7-6 (7-4), 1-6, 6-2

2. Frida Jansaker (ELON) def. Alex Moreno-Kaste (FUR) 7-5, 6-1

3. Bryn Khoury (ELON) def. Katherine Oudin (FUR) 6-4, 6-1

4. Barbora Lazarova (ELON) def. Karlee Bryde (FUR) 4-6, 7-5, 6-1

5. Kelly Sullivan (FUR) def. Maria Camara Ruiz (ELON) 6-2, 1-6, 6-3

6. Blair Martin (FUR) def. Tolley Rice (ELON) 6-1, 6-2


Doubles competition

1. Alex Moreno-Kaste/Katherine Oudin (FUR) def. Jordan Johnston/Barbora Lazarova (ELON) 8-4

2. Frida Jansaker/Maria Camara Ruiz (ELON) def. Blair Martin/Ansley Speaks (FUR) 8-7

3. Bryn Khoury/Taylor Casey (ELON) def. Karlee Bryde/Amanda Murray (FUR) 8-4


Match Notes

Elon University 14-8

Furman 17-6; National ranking #61

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