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Furman Maintains Firm Hold On Pinson Cup With 5-2 Victory Over Wofford

Alex Moreno-Kaste
Alex Moreno-Kaste

GREENVILLE, S.C. – The Furman women's tennis team maintained a firm hold on the Pinson Cup with a 5-2 victory over Wofford Friday at the Mickel Tennis Center in Greenville, S.C. 

Bobby and Dixie Pinson, beloved friends of both the Furman and Wofford programs, have given the trophy and a generous donation in honor of the rivalry between the two schools.  The trophy stays with the winning school until the winner of the next season's match is determined, and the Paladins have been awarded the trophy each year since its inception in 2005.

The Paladins won two of three doubles matches to claim the opening point on Thursday afternoon at Wofford.  Wofford's Taylor Carlson and Samantha Russell teamed up to beat sophomore Karlee Bryde and freshman Joan van Lochem, 8-7, at flight three, then Furman evened the match as sophomore Ansley Speaks and senior Alex Moreno-Kaste topped Kalli Karas and Lauren Reid, 8-7, in the top-flighted match-up.  In the decisive flight two contest, sophomore Blair Martin and rookie Alejandra Gil downed Catherine Martin and Mareli Sanchez, 8-7, to win the point.  Due to lightning in the area, play was halted until Friday afternoon.

Singles play resumed in Greenville instead of Spartanburg due to the threat of continued inclement weather in the Spartanburg area.  The Paladins were victorious in the top four singles matches to capture the team win.

Speaks downed Martin, 6-2, 6-4, in the top-flighted contest, and Moreno-Kaste recorded a 6-0, 6-4 victory over Audrey Coventry at flight two.  In the flight three match-up, Martin topped Karas, 6-4, 6-2, and Bryde defeated Russell, 6-0, 6-2, at number four.

The Terriers picked up wins at flights five and six, as Sanchez posted a 4-6, 6-2, 1-0 (10-7) win over Gil at number five, and Reid beat van Lochem, 6-4, 6-2, at number six.

Furman (7-12, 3-2 SoCon) will entertain ETSU Sunday at noon at the Mickel Tennis Center.

Julie Paré, Furman Sports Information

Furman 5, Wofford 2
Apr 09, 2015 at Greenville, S.C. (Mickel Tennis Center)

Singles competition

1. Ansley Speaks (FUR) def. Catherine Martin (WOF) 6-2, 6-4

2. Alex Moreno-Kaste (FUR) def. Audrey Coventry (WOF) 6-0, 6-4

3. Blair Martin (FUR) def. Kalli Karas (WOF) 6-4, 6-2

4. Karlee Bryde (FUR) def. Samantha Russell (WOF) 6-0, 6-2

5. Mareli Sanchez (WOF) def. Alejandra Gil (FUR) 4-6, 6-2, 1-0 (10-7)

6. Lauren Reid (WOF) def. Joan van Lochem (FUR) 6-4, 6-2


Doubles competition

1. Ansley Speaks/Alex Moreno-Kaste (FUR) def. Kalli Karas/Lauren Reid (WOF) 8-7

2. Blair Martin/Alejandra Gil (FUR) def. Catherine Martin/Mareli Sanchez (WOF) 8-7

3. Taylor Carlson/Samantha Russell (WOF) def. Karlee Bryde/Joan van Lochem (FUR) 8-7


Match Notes

Furman 6-12

Wofford 8-9

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