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No. 20 South Carolina Blanks Furman, 7-0

Joan van Lochem
Joan van Lochem

GREENVILLE, S.C. – No. 20 South Carolina blanked Furman, 7-0, Saturday at the Mickel Tennis Center in Greenville, S.C.

The Gamecocks captured the opening point with wins at flight two and three doubles.  Hadley Berg and Caroline Dailey teamed up to defeat sophomore Blair Matin and freshman Joan van Lochem, 8-3, at number two, and Elixane Lechemia and Megen Cochran topped sophomore Karlee Bryde and rookie Harper Caswell, 8-0, at number three.  The flight one match was unfinished.

In singles play, Lechemia defeated sophomore Ansley Speaks, 6-4, 6-1, at flight one, and Dailey beat senior Alex Moreno-Kaste, 6-2, 6-2, at number two.  In the flight three match-up, Blevins downed Martin, 6-4, 6-2, and Brigit Folland posted a 6-1, 6-2 victory over Bryde at number four.  Ximena Siles Luna held on for a 6-4, 7-6(2) win versus Caswell at flight five, then Natalie Looney came from behind to down van Lochem, 5-7, 6-1, 1-0(8) in the number six contest.

The Paladins (1-7) will play their next nine matches on the road.  Furman will travel to UNC Wilmington next Saturday for an 11 a.m. match-up then will play at Coastal Carolina Sunday at 11 a.m.  Following a nine-day break, the team will embark on a Spring Break trip to Florida, where Furman will play North Florida, UCF, and South Florida.  On March 21-22, the Paladins will play at Charlotte and Winthrop before opening the SoCon season at Samford and Chattanooga at the end of March.

Julie Paré, Furman Sports Information 

#20 South Carolina 7, Furman 0
Feb 21, 2015 at Greenville, S.C. (Mickel Tennis Center)

Singles competition

1. Elixane Lechemia (SC) def. Ansley Speaks (FUR) 6-4, 6-1

2. Caroline Dailey (SC) def. Alex Moreno-Kaste (FUR) 6-2, 6-2

3. Meghan Blevins (SC) def. Blair Martin (FUR) 6-4, 6-2

4. Brigit Folland (SC) def. Karlee Bryde (FUR) 6-1, 6-2

5. Ximena Siles Luna (SC) def. Harper Caswell (FUR) 6-4, 7-6 (7-2)

6. Natalie Looney (SC) def. Joan van Lochem (FUR) 5-7, 6-1, 1-0 (10-8)


Doubles competition

1. Brigit Folland/Meghan Blevins (SC) def. Ansley Speaks/Alex Moreno-Kaste (FUR) 5-4

2. Hadley Berg/Caroline Dailey (SC) def. Blair Martin/Joan van Lochem (FUR) 8-3

3. Elixane Lechemia/Megen Cochran (SC) def. Karlee Bryde/Harper Caswell (FUR) 8-0


Match Notes

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