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UNC Wilmington Slips Past Furman, 4-3

Blair Martin
Blair Martin

GREENVILLE, S.C. – With the score knotted at 3-3, Christine Kharkevitch came from behind for a 3-6, 6-4, 7-6(10-8) win over freshman Gabby Rodriguez at flight five singles to lift UNC Wilmington past Furman, 4-3,  Saturday at the Mickel Tennis Center in Greenville, S.C.

The Seahawks won two  doubles matches to claim the opening point.  Annika Sillanpaa teamed with Alix Theodossiou to beat junior Ansley Speaks and freshman Kataring Weymouth, 6-3, at flight one, and Madar Straume and Sabringa Barisano downed sophomore Harper Caswell and junior Karlee Bryde, 6-1, in the third-seeded match-up.  The flight two match was unfinished, as junior Blair Martin and Rodriguez were tied at 5-5 with Kharkevitch and Laura Gomez.

Furman grabbed the first two singles points to take a 2-1 margin over UNC Wilmington, as Weymouth recorded a 7-5, 6-0 win over Sillanpaa at flight two, and Martin defeated Barisano, 6-3, 6-3, at number three.  Thai Thompson tied the score at 2-2 with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Caswell at flight six, then Furman went up 3-2 as Speaks notched a 6-2, 6-4 win versus Straume in the top-seeded contest.  Theodossiu tied the match at 3-3 with a 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 advantage over Bryde at flight four, setting up the decisive flight five match.

The Paladins (2-4) will play host to Georgia State on Feb. 12 at 2 p.m.

UNCW 4, Furman 3
Feb 06, 2016 at Greenville, S.C. (Mickel Tennis Center)

Singles competition

1. Ansley Speaks (FUR) def. Madara Straume (UNCW) 6-2, 6-4

2. Katarina Weymouth (FUR) def. Annika Sillanpaa (UNCW) 7-5, 6-0

3. Blair Martin (FUR) def. Sabrina Barisano (UNCW) 6-3, 6-3

4. Alix Theodossiou (UNCW) def. Karlee Bryde (FUR) 6-3, 4-6, 6-3

5. Christ. Kharkevitch (UNCW) def. Gabby Rodriguez (FUR) 3-6, 6-4, 7-6 (10-8)

6. Thai Thompson (UNCW) def. Harper Caswell (FUR) 6-3, 6-4


Doubles competition

1. Annika Sillanpaa/Alix Theodossiou (UNCW) def. Ansley Speaks/Katarina Weymouth (FUR) 6-3

2. Blair Martin/Gabby Rodriguez (FUR) vs. Christ. Kharkevitch/Laura Gomez (UNCW), unfinished

3. Madara Straume/Sabrina Barisano (UNCW) def. Harper Caswell/Karlee Bryde (FUR) 6-1


Match Notes

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