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Furman Downs USF, 4-3

Blair Martin
Blair Martin

TAMPA, FLA. – With the score tied at 3-3, sophomore Blair Martin defeated Jessica Cortes Chaves, 6-2, 7-6(2) at flight three to help the Furman women's tennis team down USF, 4-3, Friday at the USF Varsity Tennis Courts in Tampa, Fla., to conclude the Paladins' spring break trip to Florida.

The Bulls won two of three doubles matches to clinch the doubles point to open the match.  Olay Garrido-Rivas and Chaves scored a 6-4 win over senior Alex Moreno-Kaste and sophomore Ansley Speaks at flight one, and Hailey Grillo and Juliana Cardoso beat sophomore Karlee Bryde and rookie Joan van Lochem, 6-4, at number three.  The flight two match was unfinished, with Martin and freshman Alejandra Gil leading Vera Bessonova and Olga Martinez, 5-3.

USF stretched the lead to 2-0 as Cardoso recorded a 6-1, 6-0 victory over Gil at flight six, but Furman answered with wins at flights two and five to tie the score.  Moreno-Kaste beat Bessonova, 6-2, 6-2, at flight two, then freshman Harper Caswell held on for a 7-5, 6-4 victory against Grillo at number five.

The Bulls regained the lead, 3-2, when Martinez bested Bryde, 6-4, 6-4, at flight four, but Speaks tied the score with a 6-4, 6-4 victory over Garrido-Rivas in the top-flighted match, setting up the decisive match at number three.

"This was a great team win today," said Furman head coach Debbie Southern after the match.  "We did a super job of battling at every position and pulled out four singles wins.  This was a good way to end our spring break trip, as we have been so close to victories in all of our matches down here."

The Paladins (3-9) will play at Charlotte on March 21 at noon and at Winthrop of March 22 at 11 a.m. before opening the SoCon season at Samford and Chattanooga at the end of March.

Julie Paré, Furman Sports Information

Furman 4, USF 3
Mar 13, 2015 at Tampa, Fla. (USF Varsity Tennis Courts)

Singles competition

1. Ansley Speaks (FUR) def. Olaya Garrido-Rivas (USF) 6-4, 6-4

2. Alex Moreno-Kaste (FUR) def. Vera Bessonova (USF) 6-2, 6-2

3. Blair Martin (FUR) def. Jessica Cortes Chave (USF) 6-2, 7-6 (7-2)

4. Olga Martinez (USF) def. Karlee Bryde (FUR) 6-4, 6-4

5. Harper Caswell (FUR) def. Hailey Grillo (USF) 7-5, 6-4

6. Juliana Cardoso (USF) def. Alejandra Gil (FUR) 6-1, 6-0


Doubles competition

1. Olaya Garrido-Rivas/Jessica Cortes Chave (USF) def. Alex Moreno-Kaste/Ansley Speaks (FUR) 6-4

2. Vera Bessonova/Olga Martinez (USF) vs. Blair Martin/Alejandra Gil (FUR) 3-5, unfinished

3. Hailey Grillo/Juliana Cardoso (USF) def. Karlee Bryde/Joan van Lochem (FUR) 6-4


Match Notes

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