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Furman Blanks USC Upstate, 7-0

Ansley Speaks
Ansley Speaks

GREENVILLE, S.C. – Furman blanked USC Upstate, 7-0, Sunday in women's tennis action at the Mickel Tennis Center in Greenville, S.C.

Furman won two doubles matches to claim the opening point.  Junior Ansley Speaks and freshman Katarina Weymouth teamed up for a 6-4 win over Anna Zoske and Carol Sigaki at flight one, and sophomore Harper Caswell and junior Karlee Bryde beat Ruby Kubac and Anna Nemeth, 6-0, at number three.  The flight two match was unfinished.

In singles action, Furman swept the slate, with Speaks defeating Zoske, 7-5, 6-4, at flight one, and Weymouth recording a 6-1, 6-2 victory over Vale Zarama at flight two.  In the third-seeded match-up, junior Blair Martin notched a 6-1, 6-4 win versus Filippa Ericson, while Bryde topped Sigaki, 6-3, 6-0, at number four.  Freshman Gabby Rodriguez beat Nemeth, 6-1, 6-0, at flight five, and Caswell completed the sweep with a 6-0, 6-0 win over Kubac at flight six.

"We got off to a slow start in doubles, but the girls really stepped up when it counted," said Paladin head coach Adam Herendeen, who earned his first win at the helm of the Furman program on Sunday.  "We played some solid singles matches and are continuing to improve. We will get right back to work this week as we prepare for two tough matches next weekend."

The Paladins (1-2) hit the road for two matches next weekend.  Furman will play at Davidson Friday at 5 p.m. then will play at Wake Forest Saturday at 3:30 p.m.

Furman 7, USC Upstate 0
Jan 24, 2016 at Greenville, S.C. (Mickel Tennis Center)

Singles competition

1. Ansley Speaks (FUR) def. ZOSKE, Anna (UPST) 7-5, 6-4

2. Katarina Weymouth (FUR) def. ZARAMA, Vale (UPST) 6-1, 6-2

3. Blair Martin (FUR) def. ERICSON, Filippa (UPST) 6-1, 6-4

4. Karlee Bryde (FUR) def. SIGAKI, Carol (UPST) 6-3, 6-0

5. Gabby Rodriguez (FUR) def. NEMETH, Anna (UPST) 6-1, 6-0

6. Harper Caswell (FUR) def. KUBAC, Ruby (UPST) 6-0, 6-0


Doubles competition

1. Ansley Speaks/Katarina Weymouth (FUR) def. ZOSKE, Anna/SIGAKI, Carol (UPST) 6-4

2. ERICSON, Filippa/ZARAMA, Vale (UPST) def. Blair Martin/Gabby Rodriguez (FUR) 5-4

3. Karlee Bryde/Harper Caswell (FUR) def. KUBAC, Ruby/NEMETH, Anna (UPST) 6-0


Match Notes

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