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Furman Rallies To Defeat Charlotte, 4-3

Alex Moreno-Kaste
Alex Moreno-Kaste

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – After losing the first set in four of six singles matches, the Furman women's tennis team rallied to defeat Charlotte, 4-3, Saturday at the Halton-Wagner Tennis Complex in Charlotte, N.C.

The Paladins won two of three doubles matches to clinch the opening doubles point.  Senior Alex Moreno-Kaste and sophomore Ansley Speaks topped Fleur Holtkamp and Victoria Pahlett, 6-2, at flight one, and sophomore Karlee Bryde and freshman Harper Caswell downed Tyler Baker and Macy Vonderschmidt, 6-2, at number three.  The flight two match was unfinished. 

Furman extended its lead to 3-0 early in singles play, as Speaks topped Pahlett, 6-1, 6-3, at number one, and Bryce bested Holtkamp, 6-3, 6-2, at flight four.  Natsuko Takayanagi put the 49ers on the board with a 6-1, 6-0 win over freshman Alejandra Gil at flight six, and Lisa Grosselius cut the margin to 3-2 with a 6-2, 6-4 victory over sophomore Blair Margin at number three, but Moreno-Kaste clinched the match for the Paladins, beating Vonderschmidt, 4-6, 6-1, 6-2, at flight two.  At flight five, Baker posted a 6-3, 1-6, 6-3 win versus Harper in the final contest of the day.

 "We played well to secure the doubles point, but in singles we lost four of six first sets," said Furman head coach Debbie Southern after the match.  "I was proud of the way we fought to turn two matches and took the second set.  Alex stepped up in her third set to clinch the win for us."

The Paladins (4-9) will play at Winthrop Sunday at 11 a.m. before opening the SoCon season at Samford and Chattanooga next weekend.

Julie Paré, Furman Sports Information

Furman 4, Charlotte 3
Mar 21, 2015 at Charlotte, N.C. (Halton-Wagner Tennis Complex)

Singles competition

1. Ansley Speaks (FUR) def. Victoria Pahlett (CHA) 6-1, 6-3

2. Alex Moreno-Kaste (FUR) def. Macy Vonderschmidt (CHA) 4-6, 6-1, 6-2

3. Lisa Grosselius (CHA) def. Blair Martin (FUR) 6-2, 6-4

4. Karlee Bryde (FUR) def. Fleur Holtkamp (CHA) 6-3, 6-2

5. Tyler Baker (CHA) def. Harper Caswell (FUR) 6-3, 1-6, 6-1

6. Natsuko Takayanagi (CHA) def. Alejandra Gil (FUR) 6-1, 6-0


Doubles competition

1. Alex Moreno-Kaste/Ansley Speaks (FUR) def. Fleur Holtkamp/Victoria Pahlett (CHA) 6-2

2. Lisa Grosselius/Natsuko Takayanagi (CHA) vs. Alejandra Gil/Blair Martin (FUR) 5-3, unfinished

3. Karlee Bryde/Harper Caswell (FUR) def. Tyler Baker/Macy Vonderschmidt (CHA) 6-2


Match Notes

Furman 4-9

Charlotte 5-8

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