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Furman Blanks USC Upstate, 7-0, To Open 2015 Season

Harper Caswell
Harper Caswell

GREENVILLE, S.C. – The Furman women's tennis team blanked USC Upstate, 7-0, Wednesday afternoon at the Mickel Tennis Center in Greenville, S.C., in the season opener for both teams.

The Paladins won two out of three doubles matches to clinch the opening point.  Sophomore Blair Martin and freshman Harper Caswell downed Nina Roell and Nona Ruppert, 6-1, at flight two, then sophomore Karlee Bryde and rookie Joan van Lochem recorded a 6-2 victory at flight three, beating Sarah Vande Berg and Sharlee Deshmukh to clinch the point.  The Spartans were victorious in the flight one match-up, as Isabel Von Stryk and Anna Zoske topped sophomore Ansley Speaks and senior Alex Moreno-Kaste, 6-0.

Furman swept the singles matches for the team victory.  Speaks defeated Von Stryk, 6-4, 6-4, at flight one, and Moreno-Kaste posted a 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 win versus Zoske at number two.  In the three-seeded match, Martin held off Ruppert, 6-2, 4-6, 6-3.  Bryde won in straight sets at flight four versus Roell, 6-2, 6-1, and Caswell topped Vande Berg, 6-1, 6-0 at number five.  Van Lochem completed the sweep with a 6-2, 6-3 victory versus Deshmukh at flight six.

The Paladins (1-0) will compete in the USTA Kick-Off Weekend this weekend in Durham, N.C.  The Paladins will face Memphis on Saturday at 9 a.m. then will take on either Duke or Louisville on Sunday.

#60 Furman 7, USC Upstate 0
Jan 21, 2015 at Greenville, S.C. (Mickel Tennis Center)

Singles competition

1. Ansley Speaks (FUR) def. VON STRYK, Isabel (UPSTWTN) 6-4, 6-4

2. Alex Moreno-Kaste (FUR) def. ZOSKE, Anna (UPSTWTN) 6-4, 3-6, 6-3

3. Blair Martin (FUR) def. RUPPERT, Nona (UPSTWTN) 6-2, 4-6, 6-3

4. Karlee Bryde (FUR) def. ROELL, Nina (UPSTWTN) 6-2, 6-1

5. Harper Caswell (FUR) def. VANDE BERG, Sarah (UPSTWTN) 6-1, 6-0

6. Joan van Lochem (FUR) def. DESHMUKH, Sharlee (UPSTWTN) 6-2, 6-3

 

Doubles competition

1. VON STRYK, Isabel/ZOSKE, Anna (UPSTWTN) def. Ansley Speaks/Alex Moreno-Kaste (FUR) 6-0

2. Blair Martin/Harper Caswell (FUR) def. ROELL, Nina/RUPPERT, Nona (UPSTWTN) 6-1

3. Karlee Bryde/Joan van Lochem (FUR) def. VANDE BERG, Sarah/DESHMUKH, Sharlee (UPSTWTN) 6-2

 

Match Notes

USC Upstate 0-1

Furman 1-0; National ranking #60

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

Julie Paré, Furman Sports Information