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UCF Outlasts Furman, 4-3

Alejandra Gil
Alejandra Gil

ORLANDO, FLA. – UCF outlasted Furman, 4-3, Wednesday at the UCF Tennis Complex in Orlando, Fla.

The Knights won two of three doubles matches to claim the opening point.  Clair Mendell and Sophia Baptista downed sophomore Blair Martin and freshman Alejandra Gil, 6-3, at flight two, then Monica Matias and Cortney Cesarini combined to defeat sophomore Karlee Bryde and rookie Joan van Lochem, 6-4, at number three.  The flight one match was unfinished.

Martin evened the score with a 6-2, 7-5 win over Mendell at flight three singles, but the Knights went back on top, 2-1, when Matias topped Bryde, 6-3, 7-5, at number four.  Sophomore Ansley Speaks helped the Paladins even the score with a 6-0, 7-5 victory versus Caroline Eberhart in the top-flighted match, but the Knights put together wins at flights two and five for the team victory.  Cesarini held on to beat senior Alex Moreno-Kaste, 6-4, 3-6, 6-0, at number two, then Baptista downed freshman Harper Caswell, 6-4, 7-5, at number five.  Gil was victorious for Furman at flight six, defeating Annika Hepp, 6-3, 4-6, 1-0(10-5).

The Paladins (2-9) are in the midst of a Spring Break trip to Florida.   Furman will conclude the trip on Friday at 11 a.m. at South Florida.

Julie Paré, Furman Sports Information

UCF 4, Furman 3
Mar 11, 2015 at Orlando, Fla. (UCF Softball Complex)

Singles competition

1. Ansley Speaks (FUR) def. Caroline Eberhart (UCF) 6-0, 7-5

2. Cortney Cesarini (UCF) def. Alex Moreno-Kaste (FUR) 6-4, 3-6, 6-0

3. Blair Martin (FUR) def. Clare Mendell (UCF) 6-2, 7-5

4. Monica Matias (UCF) def. Karlee Bryde (FUR) 6-3, 7-5

5. Sofia Baptista (UCF) def. Harper Caswell (FUR) 6-4, 7-5

6. Alejandra Gil (FUR) def. Annika Hepp (UCF) 6-3, 4-6, 1-0 (10-5)


Doubles competition

1. Caroline Eberhart/Kennan Johnson (UCF) vs. Ansley Speaks/Alex Moreno-Kaste (FUR) unfinished

2. Clare Mendell/Sofia Baptista (UCF) def. Blair Martin/Alejandra Gil (FUR) 6-3

3. Monica Matias/Cortney Cesarini (UCF) def. Karlee Bryde/Joan van Lochem (FUR) 6-4


Match Notes

Furman 2-9

UCF 7-4

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

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