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Samford Downs Furman, 5-2, In SoCon Opener

Alex Moreno-Kaste
Alex Moreno-Kaste

BIRMINGHAM, ALA. – Samford downed Furman, 5-2, in the Southern Conference opener for both teams Saturday at the Samford Tennis Center in Birmingham, Ala.

The Bulldogs won two of three doubles matches to gain the opening doubles point.  Stephanie N'tcha and Carita Moolman held on for an 8-7 win over senior Alex Moreno-Kaste and sophomore Ansley Speaks at flight one, and Yasmeen Ebada and Jessica Northcutt downed sophomore Blair Martin and rookie Alejandra Gil, 8-4, at flight two.  The Paladins were victorious at flight three, as sophomore Karlee Bryde and freshman Harper Caswell teamed up for an 8-3 win over Savannah Wood and AnnMarie Lyon.

Furman picked up two singles wins, as Moreno-Kaste topped Ebada, 6-1, 6-4, in the flight two match, and Caswell recorded a 6-4, 6-4 victory over Iva Parapunova at flight five.

Samford added four singles points for the team win.  N'tcha beat Speaks, 6-1, 6-2, at flight one, and Northcutt topped Martin, 6-4, 6-3, at number three.  Carita Moolman notched a 6-4, 6-4, victory over Bryde at number four, and Wood bested Gil, 6-0, 6-1, at flight six.

The Paladins (4-11, 0-1 SoCon) will play at Chattanooga Sunday at noon.

Julie Paré, Furman Sports Information

Samford 5, Furman 2
Mar 28, 2015 at Birmingham, Ala. (Samford Tennis Center) 

Singles competition

1. Stephanie N'tcha (SAM-WT) def. Ansley Speaks (FUR) 6-1, 6-2

2. Alex Moreno-Kaste (FUR) def. Yasmeen Ebada (SAM-WT) 7-6, 6-4

3. Jessica Northcutt (SAM-WT) def. Blair Martin (FUR) 6-4, 6-3

4. Carita Moolman (SAM-WT) def. Karlee Bryde (FUR) 6-4, 6-4

5. Harper Caswell (FUR) def. Iva Parapunova (SAM-WT) 6-4, 6-4

6. Savannah Wood (SAM-WT) def. Alejandra Gil (FUR) 6-0, 6-1

Doubles competition

1. Stephanie N'tcha/Carita Moolman (SAM-WT) def. Alex Moreno-Kaste/Ansley Speaks (FUR) 8-7

2. Yasmeen Ebada/Jessica Northcutt (SAM-WT) def. Blair Martin/Alejandra Gil (FUR) 8-4

3. Karlee Bryde/Harper Caswell (FUR) def. Savannah Wood/AnnMarie Lyon (SAM-WT) 8-3

Match Notes

Furman 4-11, 0-1 SoCon

Samford 7-7, 1-0 SoCon

T-4:21 A-52