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Furman Outlasts UNC Wilmington, 4-3

Ansley Speaks
Ansley Speaks

WILMINGTON, N.C. – Down 3-2, sophomore Ansley Speaks and freshman Joan van Lochem rallied for singles wins to lead the Furman women's tennis team past UNC Wilmington, 4-3, Saturday in Wilmington, N.C.

The Paladins won two of three doubles matches to capture the opening point.  Senior Alex Moreno-Kaste teamed with Speaks to defeat Christine Kharkevitch and Annika Sillanpaa, 9-8(10-8) at flight one, and sophomore Karlee Bryde and freshman Harper Caswell downed Alix Theodossiou and Christin Kaupper, 8-3, at number three.  The Seahawks picked up the win at flight two, as Miller Hales and Alyssa Ritchie slipped past sophomore Blair Martin and van Lochem, 9-7.

UNC Wilmington took a 2-1 lead after Ritchie beat Moreno-Kaste, 6-1, 6-3, at flight two singles, then Theodossiou posted a 6-4, 6-0 victory over Bryde at number four.  Martin tied the score at 2-2 after defeating Kharkevitch, 6-2, 6-4, at number three, but Hamilton Lovett held on for a 6-4, 4-6, 7-5 win versus Caswell at flight five, as the Seahawks regained the lead.

Speaks tied the match at 3-all with a 7-5, 6-7(3), 6-4 victory against Sillanpaa in the top-flighted match to set up the decisive flight six match-up, where van Lochem bested Kaupper, 7-5, 6-4.

"We had a great team effort today with everyone contributing to the win," said Furman head coach Debbie Southern following the victory.  "Conditions were cold and windy, but the girls did a super job of fighting through the elements."

The Paladins (2-7) are in the midst of a nine-match road swing.  Furman 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.

Furman 4, UNCW 3
Feb 28, 2015 at Wilmington, N.C. (UNCW Courts)

Singles competition

1. Ansley Speaks (FUR) def. Annika Sillanpaa (UNCW) 7-5, 6-7 (3-7), 6-4

2. Alyssa Ritchie (UNCW) def. Alex Moreno-Kaste (FUR) 6-1, 6-3

3. Blair Martin (FUR) def. Christ. Kharkevitch (UNCW) 6-2, 6-4

4. Alix Theodossiou (UNCW) def. Karlee Bryde (FUR) 6-4, 6-0

5. Hamilton Lovett (UNCW) def. Harper Caswell (FUR) 6-4, 4-6, 7-5

6. Joan van Lochem (FUR) def. Christin Kaupper (UNCW) 7-5, 6-4


Doubles competition

1. Alex Moreno-Kaste/Ansley Speaks (FUR) def. Christ. Kharkevitch/Annika Sillanpaa (UNCW) 9-8 (10-8)

2. Miller Hales/Alyssa Ritchie (UNCW) def. Blair Martin/Joan van Lochem (FUR) 9-7

3. Karlee Bryde/Harper Caswell (FUR) def. Alix Theodossiou/Christin Kaupper (UNCW) 8-3


Match Notes

Order of finish: Doubles (13,2); Singles (2,4,3,5,1,6)