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Top-Seeded Samford Tops Furman, 4-3, In Semifinals Of SoCon Championships

Karlee Bryde
Karlee Bryde

GREENVILLE, S.C. – With the score tied at 3-all, Savannah Wood defeated freshman Alejandra Gil, 6-2, 6-0, at flight six singles as top-seeded Samford topped No. 4 Furman, 4-3,  Saturday in the semifinals of  the 2015 Southern Conference Championships at the Mickel Tennis Center in Greenville, S.C.

The Bulldogs won two doubles matches to claim the opening point.  Stephanie N'tcha and Carita Moolman downed senior Alex Moreno-Kaste and sophomore Ansley Speaks, 8-3, at flight one, and Yasmeen Ebada and Jessica Northcutt posted an 8-0 victory over sophomore Blair Martin and freshman Alejandra Gil, 8-0, at number two.  The flight three match was unfinished.

In singles play, Speaks tied the match with a 6-2, 6-3 win versus Ebada at flight two, but Northcutt came from behind to put Samford back on top, 2-1, with a 1-6, 6-4, 6-2 victory over Martin at number three. Sophomore Karlee Bryde tied the match, beating Moolman, 2-6, 7-5, 6-2 in a hard-found flight four contest, then Moreno-Kaste topped N'tcha, 6-4, 5-7, 7-5, at number one to give Furman a 3-2 advantage.  Iva Parapunova came from behind to beat sophomore Harper Caswell, 5-7, 6-1, 6-1, at flight five to tie the score at 3-3 and set up the decisive flight six match.

Furman concludes the season at 9-14 overall and 4-3 in the SoCon.

Julie Paré, Furman Sports Information

Samford 4, Furman 3
Apr 25, 2015 at Greenville, S.C. (Mickel Tennis Center)

Singles competition

1. Alex Moreno-Kaste (FUR) def. Stephanie N'tcha (SAM-WT) 6-4, 5-7, 7-5

2. Ansley Speaks (FUR) def. Yasmeen Ebada (SAM-WT) 6-2, 6-3

3. Jessica Northcutt (SAM-WT) def. Blair Martin (FUR) 1-6, 6-4, 6-2

4. Karlee Bryde (FUR) def. Carita Moolman (SAM-WT) 2-6, 7-5, 6-2

5. Iva Parapunova (SAM-WT) def. Harper Caswell (FUR) 5-7, 6-1, 6-1

6. Savannah Wood (SAM-WT) def. Alejandra Gil (FUR) 6-2, 6-0


Doubles competition

1. Stephanie N'tcha/Carita Moolman (SAM-WT) def. Alex Moreno-Kaste/Ansley Speaks (FUR) 8-3

2. Yasmeen Ebada/Jessica Northcutt (SAM-WT) def. Blair Martin/Alejandra Gil (FUR) 8-0

3. Karlee Bryde/Harper Caswell (FUR) vs. Savannah Wood/AnnMarie Lyon (SAM-WT) 6-5, unfinished


Match Notes

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