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Winthrop Slips Past Furman, 5-2

Gabby Rodriguez
Gabby Rodriguez

GREENVILLE, S.C. – Winthrop slipped past Furman, 5-2, Saturday at the Mickel Tennis Center in Greenville, S.C.

The Paladins claimed the opening point after winning two of three doubles matches.  Junior Ansley Speaks and rookie Katarina Weymouth downed Lauren Proctor and Mariana Humberg, 6-3, in the top-flighted contest, then the Eagles' Tijjana Uzelac and Alice Garcia teamed up to beat sophomore Harper Caswell and junior Karlee Bryde, 6-4, at number three, setting up a decisive flight two match-up.  Furman held on for a 7-6(3) win, as junior Blair Martin and freshman Gabby Rodriguez topped Caitlin Cridland and Megan Kaufmann for the point.

In singles play, the Eagles were victorious in five matches for the team win.  Proctor posted a 6-3, 6-4 win over Speaks at flght one, and Garcia came from behind to defeat Weymouth, 4-6, 6-2, 6-4, at flight two.  In the third-seeded match, Humberg topped Martin, 6-3, 6-4, then Cridland held on for a 6-3, 4-6, 7-5 advantage versus Bryde.  At flight six, Uzelac defeated Caswell, 6-2, 6-2.

Furman's Rodriguez recorded a 6-2, 6-2 win over Kaurmann at flight five to score the Paladins' lone singles point.

The Paladins (5-8) are headed to California for a Spring Break trip before beginning conference play.  Furman will play at Loyola Marymount on March 8 at 4:30 p.m. then square off at Cal State Northridge on March 9 at 5 p.m.  The Paladins will conclude the trip with a March 11 match at UC Irvine at 4:30 p.m.

Winthrop 5, Furman 2
Feb 27, 2016 at Greenville, S.C. (Mickel Tennis Center)

Singles competition

1. PROCTOR, Lauren (WUW) def. Ansley Speaks (FUR) 6-3, 6-4

2. GARCIA, Alice (WUW) def. Katarina Weymouth (FUR) 4-6, 6-2, 6-4

3. HUMBERG, Mariana (WUW) def. Blair Martin (FUR) 6-3, 6-4

4. CRIDLAND, Caitlin (WUW) def. Karlee Bryde (FUR) 6-3, 4-6, 7-5

5. Gabby Rodriguez (FUR) def. KAUFMANN, Megan (WUW) 6-2, 6-2

6. UZELAC, Tijana (WUW) def. Harper Caswell (FUR) 6-2, 6-2


Doubles competition

1. Katarina Weymouth/Ansley Speaks (FUR) def. PROCTOR, Lauren/HUMBERG, Mariana (WUW) 6-3

2. Blair Martin/Gabby Rodriguez (FUR) def. CRIDLAND, Caitlin/KAUFMANN, Megan (WUW) 7-6 (7-3)

3. UZELAC, Tijana/GARCIA, Alice (WUW) def. Harper Caswell/Karlee Bryde (FUR) 6-4


Match Notes

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