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#54 Memphis Downs #60 Furman, 4-2, To Open ITA Kick-Off Weekend

Alex Moreno-Kaste
Alex Moreno-Kaste

DURHAM, N.C. – 54th-ranked Memphis downed #60 Furman, 4-2, Saturday morning in the opening match of the ITA Kick-Off Weekend at the Sheffield Indoor Tennis Center in Durham, N.C.

The Paladins won two out of three doubles matches to clinch the opening point.  Freshman Harper Caswell teamed with sophomore Blair Martin to down Liza Tymchenko and Marta Morga, 6-3, at flight two, then sophomore Karlee Bryde and rookie Joan van Lochem held on for a 7-6 decision versus Kathry Hughes and Tara McElroy in the flight three match-up.  The Tigers' Anki Wind and Alyssa Hibberd topped senior Alex Moreno-Kaste and sophomore Ansley Speaks, 6-4, in the top-seeded match.

Memphis tie the match at 1-all after Hughes posted a 6-2, 6-2 win over Caswell at flight five then took a 2-1 lead following a 6-0, 7-5 Hibberd victory versus Bryde at number four.  Furman tied the match at 2-2 when Moreno-Kaste beat Tymchenko, 6-2, 6-2, at flight three, but the Tigers clinched the team victory after notching three-set wins at number six and number one.  McElroy came from behind to defeat van Lochem, 2-6, 6-2, 6-2, at flight six, then Wind held on to record a 6-3, 5-7, 6-1 win over Speaks in the top match. 

The flight three match was unfinished.  Morga won set one, 6-3, then Martin was victorious in the second set, 7-6.  Morga led the third set, 1-0, when the match was called.

The Paladins (1-1) will take on Louisville on Sunday at 9:30 a.m. in the second day of play at the ITA Kick-Off Weekend.

#54 Memphis 4, #60 Furman 2
Jan 24, 2015 at Durham, N.C. (Sheffield Indoor Tennis Center)

Singles competition

1. Anki Wind (MEMPHIS) def. Ansley Speaks (FUR) 6-3, 5-7, 6-1

2. Alex Moreno-Kaste (FUR) def. Liza Tymchenko (MEMPHIS) 6-2, 6-2

3. Marta Morga (MEMPHIS) vs. Blair Martin (FUR) 6-3, 6-7 (5-7), 1-0, unfinished

4. Alyssa Hibberd (MEMPHIS) def. Karlee Bryde (FUR) 6-0, 7-5

5. Kathryn Hughes (MEMPHIS) def. Harper Caswell (FUR) 6-2, 6-2

6. Tara McElroy (MEMPHIS) def. Joan van Lochem (FUR) 2-6, 6-2, 6-2


Doubles competition

1. Anki Wind/Alyssa Hibberd (MEMPHIS) def. Alex Moreno-Kaste/Ansley Speaks (FUR) 6-4

2. Harper Caswell/Blair Martin (FUR) def. Liza Tymchenko/Marta Morga (MEMPHIS) 6-3

3. Karlee Bryde/Joan van Lochem (FUR) def. Kathryn Hughes/Tara McElroy (MEMPHIS) 7-6 (7-4)


Match Notes

Furman 1-1; National ranking #60

Memphis 2-0; National ranking #54

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

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