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Paladins Post 6-1 Win Over Lenoir-Rhyne; Fall To Missouri, 4-3

Ansley Speaks
Ansley Speaks

GREENVILLE, S.C. – Furman posted a 6-1 win over Lenoir-Rhyne after falling to Missouri, 4-3, Sunday at the Mickel Tennis Center in Greenville, S.C.

Versus the Bears, the Paladins swept the doubles matches and claimed wins in the top five singles matches for the victory.  Junior Ansley Speaks teamed with freshman Katarina Weymouth for a 6-3 advantage over Dominique Bruce and Marta Escanero Funes at flight one, and junior Karlee Bryde and sophomore Harper Caswell beat Julia Ponomareva and Lucy Stofberg, 6-0, at flight two.  In the third-seeded match-up, rookies Gabby Rodriguez and Rachel Simon defeated Taylor Fredrickson and Jessica Rumple, 6-0.

In singles play, Speaks topped Bruce, 6-2, 6-2, in the top-seeded contest, and Bryde defeated Escanero Funes, 6-2, 6-1, at flight two.   Rodriguez posted a 6-2, 6-1 victory over Ponomareva at flight three, and Caswell won by the same score, 6-2, 6-1, against Stofberg at number four.  Simon scored a 6-2, 6-4 victory over Fredrickson at flight five, and the Paladins defaulted to Rumple at number six.

Earlier in the day, the Paladins dropped a close 4-3 match to Missouri.  The Tigers captured the doubles point with wins in the top two matches.  Bea Machado Santos and Kelli Hine beat Speaks and Weymouth, 6-3, at flight one, and Brianna Lashway and Cassidy Spearman notched a 6-3 win over junior Blair Martin and Rodriguez at flight two.  The third-seeded match was unfinished.

Furman took a 2-1 lead after Speaks defeated Machado Santos, 6-3, 6-1, in the top singles match-up, and Weymouth scored a quick 6-3, 6-2 advantage over Hine at flight two.  Missouri went on top 3-2 with wins at flights four and six, as Brittany Lashway held on for a 7-6(4), 6-0 victory versus Bryde at number four, and Turner Yates defeated Caswell, 7-6(5), 6-1, at number six.

Rodriguez downed Clare Raley, 7-6(2), 1-6, 6-1, at flight five to tie the match at 3-all, setting up a decisive flight three showdown, where Cassidy Spearman outlasted Martin 7-6(5), 6-7(2), 7-5.

"Today was a great step for our program," said first-year Paladin head coach Adam Herendeen.  "We absolutely laid it all on the line against Missouri, and while we were disappointed with the result, I could not be more proud of how we competed.  The crowd was really great today, and we loved having so much support from our Furman family.  I loved the way we were able to bounce back in the second match and take care of business."

The Paladins (4-7) will play host to Charlotte Friday at 3 p.m.

Julie Paré, Furman Sports Information