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Xavier Tops Furman, 5-2

Blair Martin
Blair Martin

GREENVILLE, S.C. – Xavier topped Furman, 5-2, Saturday in women's tennis action at the Mickel Tennis Center in Greenville, S.C.

The Paladins came from behind to win two of the three doubles matches to clinch the opening point.  The Musketeers' Sophia Ableson and Lauren Ghidotti teamed up for a quick 6-2 victory over sophomore Harper Caswell and junior Karlee Bryde at flight three.  With the score tied at 4-4 in both of the top two doubles matches, Furman rallied and junior Ansley Speaks and rookie Katarina Weymouth topped Sydney Liggins and Amina Ismail, 7-5, at number one, and junior Blair Marin and freshman Gabby Rodriguez scored a 6-4 advantage versus Cristina Di Lorenzo and Alex Brinker at flight two.

In singles action, Furman jumped out to a 2-0 lead when Martin beat Ismail, 6-4, 6-1, at flight three, but Xavier captured the next five matches for the win.  Liggins posted a 7-5, 6-0 win over Speaks in the top-seeded contest, and Di Lorenzo downed Weymouth, 6-1, 7-6(4), at flight two.  Brinker topped Bryde, 7-5, 6-1, at flight four, and Ghidotti held on for a 6-1, 5-7, 1-0(7) victory over Rodriguez at number five.  In the flight six contest, Abelson recorded a 7-5, 6-4 advantage versus Caswell.

The Paladins (3-6) will play host to Missouri Sunday at 11 a.m. then entertain Lenior-Rhyne at 3:30 p.m.

Xavier 5, Furman 2
Feb 20, 2016 at Greenvile, S.C. (Mickel Tennis Center)

Singles competition

1. Sydney Liggins (XU) def. Ansley Speaks (FUR) 7-5, 6-0

2. Cristina Di Lorenzo (XU) def. Katarina Weymouth (FUR) 6-1, 7-6 (7-4)

3. Blair Martin (FUR) def. Amina Ismail (XU) 6-4, 6-1

4. Alex Brinker (XU) def. Karlee Bryde (FUR) 7-5, 6-1

5. Lauren Ghidotti (XU) def. Gabby Rodriguez (FUR) 6-1, 5-7, 1-0 (10-7)

6. Sophia Abelson (XU) def. Harper Caswell (FUR) 7-5, 6-4


Doubles competition

1. Ansley Speaks/Katarina Weymouth (FUR) def. Sydney Liggins/Amina Ismail (XU) 7-5

2. Blair Martin/Gabby Rodriguez (FUR) def. Cristina Di Lorenzo/Alex Brinker (XU) 6-4

3. Sophia Abelson/Lauren Ghidotti (XU) def. Harper Caswell/Karlee Bryde (FUR) 6-2


Match Notes

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