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Miami University Holds Off #67 Furman, 5-2

Ansley Speaks
Ansley Speaks

ATLANTA, GA. – Miami University held off 67th-ranked Furman, 5-2, Saturday at the Atlanta Athletic Club in Atlanta, Ga.

The RedHawks  won the top two doubles matches to capture the opening point.  Christine Guerrazzi and Nelli Ponomareva topped senior Alex Moreno-Kaste and sophomore Ansley Speaks, 8-1, in the top flighted contest, and Alix Thurman and Hannah Shteyn notched an 8-3 victory over sophomore Blair Martin and rookie Harper Caswell at number two.  The flight three match was unfinished.

In singles play, the Paladins were victorious in the top two matches, as Speaks beat Ponomareva, 6-2, 6-1, at number one, and Moreno-Kaste held on for a 6-2, 2-6, 1-0 (12-10) win over Guerrazzi at flight two. 

Miami posted wins in the rest of the singles slate for the team victory.  Thurman defeated Martin, 6-2, 7-6(5) at flight three, and Andrea Badileanu recorded a 6-1, 6-2 win versus sophomore Karlee Bryde at number four.  In the flight five contest, Ana Rajkovic bested Caswell, 6-1, 6-4, then Erin Rodriguez tallied a 6-0, 6-4 victory versus rookie Joan van Lochem at number six.

The Paladins (1-6) return home to play host to South Carolina on Feb. 21 at 10 a.m. at the Mickel Tennis Center in Greenville, S.C.

Julie Paré, Furman Sports Information

Miami University 5, Furman 2
Feb 13, 2015 at Atlanta, Ga.

Singles competition

1. Ansley Speaks (FUR) def. Nelli Ponomareva (MIAMI) 6-2, 6-1

2. Alex Moreno-Kaste (FUR) def. Christine Guerrazzi (MIAMI) 6-4, 2-6, 1-0 (12-10)

3. Alix Thurman (MIAMI) def. Blair Martin (FUR) 6-2, 7-6 (7-5)

4. Andreea Badileanu (MIAMI) def. Karlee Bryde (FUR) 6-1, 6-2

5. Ana Rajkovic (MIAMI) def. Harper Caswell (FUR) 6-1, 6-4

6. Erin Rodriguez (MIAMI) def. Joan van Lochem (FUR) 6-0, 6-4


Doubles competition

1. Christine Guerrazzi/Nelli Ponomareva (MIAMI) def. Alex Moreno-Kaste/Ansley Speaks (FUR) 8-1

2. Alix Thurman/Hannah Shteyn (MIAMI) def. Blair Martin/Harper Caswell (FUR) 8-3

3. Karlee Bryde/Joan van Lochem (FUR) vs. Ramona Costea/Andreea Badileanu (MIAMI) unfinished