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Furman Opens 2014 Fall Season At Duke Fab Four Invite & Elon Invitational

Ansley Speaks
Ansley Speaks

GREENVILLE, S.C. -- The Furman women's tennis team opened the 2014 fall season this weekend at the Duke Fab Four Invite in Cary, N.C., and the Elon Invitational, held at the Jimmy Powell Tennis Center in Elon, N.C. 

Senior Alex Moreno-Kaste and sophomores Ansley Speaks, Karlee Bryde, and Blair Martin competed at the Duke event, which featured players from Alabama, Duke, Florida, North Carolina, Oklahoma State, Ole Miss, Miami, San Jose State, Virginia, and Furman.

Speaks recorded two singles victories in the black singles draw, beating Spencer Liang of Florida, 7-6(5), 6-4, and Iris Verboven of Ole Miss, 1-6, 6-1, 1-0 (3).  Martin scored a victory over North Carolina's Maggie Kane, 6-4, 6-3, also in the black singles draw.  In doubles play, the Paladin duo of Speaks and Moreno-Kaste defeated Peggy Porter and Stefani Stojic of Florida, 8-5, in the opening round of the black doubles draw.

Paladin rookies Harper Caswell, Joan van Lochem, and Alejandra Gil played at Elon, and all three recorded opening round singles victories.  Caswell defeated Nona Ruppert of USC Upstate, 6-4, 6-3, in the A-2 singles draw, while van Lochem beat Elizabeth Ansari of Western Carolina, 7-5, 6-1, to open the A-3 singles draw.  Gil played in the B-1 singles draw, where she topped Mia Ramic of N.C. Central, 6-3, 6-1.

The Paladins play host to Alabama, Clemson, Florida State, Iowa, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Vanderbilt at the Furman Fall Classic Sept. 26-28 in Greenville, S.C.

Julie Paré, Furman Sports Information


Complete Furman Results:

Duke Fab Four Invite

Blue Singles

Stephanie Nauta (Virginia) def. Blair Martin (FUR), 6-3, 6-3

Blair Martin (FUR) def. Maggie Kane (UNC), 6-4, 6-3

Alyssa Smith (Duke) def. Blair Martin (FUR), 6-2, 6-1

Erin Stephens (Ole Miss) def. Blair Martin, 6-2, 6-2


Black Singles

Samantha Harris (Duke) def. Karlee Bryde (FUR), 6-4, 6-1

Wendy Zhang (Miami) def. Karlee Bryde (FUR), 6-3, 6-1

Cassie Mercer (Virginia) def. Karlee Bryde (FUR), 7-6(7), 6-2

Rebecca Smaller (Duke) def. Karlee Bryde (FUR), 7-6(7), 6-2

Caroline Price (UNC) def. Ansley Speaks (FUR), 7-5, 6-3

Ansley Speaks (FUR) def. Spencer Liang (Florida), 7-6(5), 6-4

Ansley Speaks (FUR) def. Iris Verboven (Ole Miss), 1-6, 6-1, 1-0 (3)

Wendy Zhang (Miami) def. Ansley Speaks (FUR), 6-4, 6-4


White Singles

Rachel Kahan (Duke) def. Alex Moreno-Kaste (FUR), 6-4, 6-1

Skylar Morton (Virginia) def. Alex Moreno-Kaste (FUR), 6-2, 6-3

Gaelle Rey (SJSU) def. Alex Moreno-Kaste (FUR), 7-5, 6-1

Natalie Suk (Ole Miss) def. Alex Moreno-Kaste (FUR), 6-4, 6-0


Black Doubles

Speaks/Moreno-Kaste (FUR) def. Porter/Stojic (Florida), 8-5

Lushkova/Laurente (Ok. State) def. Speaks/Moreno-Kaste (FUR), 8-5

Faure (Virginia)/Kahan (Duke) def. Speaks/Moreno-Kaste (FUR), 8-4


Blue Doubles

Goldfield/Harris (Duke) def. Martin/Bryde (FUR), 8-4

Epstein/Nauta (Virginia) def. Martin/Bryde (FUR), 8-0

Vazquez/Akkerman (UNC) def. Martin/Bryde (FUR), 8-1


Elon Invitational

A-2 Singles

Harper Caswell (FUR) def. Nona Ruppert (USC Upstate), 6-4, 6-3

Erica Braschi (Elon) def. Harper Caswell (FUR), 6-0, 6-1

Stephanie Falcon (UNCG) def. Harper Caswell (FUR), 7-5, 6-1


A-3 Singles

Joan van Lochem (FUR) def. Elizabeth Ansari (Western Carolina) 7-5, 6-1

Jess Brumit (ETSU) def. Joan van Lochem (FUR), 6-0, 6-1

Taylor Casey (Elon) def. Joan van Lochem (FUR), 6-3, 6-1


B-1 Singles

Alejandra Gil (FUR) def. Mia Ramic (NCCU), 6-3, 6-1

Megan Napolitano (Radford) def. Alejandra Gil (FUR), 6-3, 6-2

Erin Maguire (Western Carolina) def. Alejandra Gil (FUR), 6-2, 6-1


B-1 Doubles

Ellis/Boaz (UNCG) def. van Lochem/Caswell (FUR), 8-5

McLinden/Bettiol (Western Carolina) def. van Lochem/Caswell (FUR), 8-6

van Lochem/Caswell (FUR) vs. Prziawski/Pennington (WKU), 7-6, did not finish