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Furman Opens SoCon Play With 6-1 Victory At Mercer

Karlee Bryde
Karlee Bryde

GREENVILLE, S.C. – Furman opened the Southern Conference season Saturday with a 6-1 victory over Mercer at the LeRoy Peddy Tennis Center in Macon, Ga.  With the win, the Paladins have now won five of their last six matches.

Furman swept the doubles matches to capture the opening point.  Junior Ansley Speaks and rookie Katarina Weymouth defeated Katia Stravroulaki and Grace Korta, 6-3, in the top-seeded contest, and junior Blair Martin and freshman Gabby Rodriguez beat Xandra Fougner and Roxy Bartz, 6-2, at flight two.  In the number three match-up, sophomore Harper Caswell and junior Karlee Bryde downed Liza Klyachkin and Christie Cesarini, 6-2.

In singles play, Furman won five of six matches.  Weymouth topped Fougner, 6-2, 4-6, 6-2 at flight two, and junior Blair Martin recorded a 6-3, 6-3 win over Korta at number three.  At flight four, Bryde posted a 7-5, 7-5 advantage versus Haley Powell, and Rodriguez bested Bartz, 7-6, 6-1, in the number five contest.  Caswell tallied a 7-6, 6-2 victory against Cesarini at flight six.

The Bears lone point came at flight one, where Stravroulaki came from behind for a 2-6, 6-2, 6-4 win over Speaks.

The Paladins (8-8, 1-0 SoCon) play host to Wofford on March 30 at 3 p.m.

Furman 6, Mercer 1
Mar 20, 2016 at Macon, Ga. (LeRoy Peddy Tennis Center)

Singles competition

1. Katia Stravroulaki (MER) def. Ansley Speaks (FUR) 2-6, 6-2, 6-4

2. Katarina Weymouth (FUR) def. Xandra Fougner (MER) 6-2, 4-6, 6-2

3. Blair Martin (FUR) def. Grace Korta (MER) 6-4, 6-3

4. Karlee Bryde (FUR) def. Haley Powell (MER) 7-5, 7-5

5. Gabby Rodriguez (FUR) def. Roxy Bartz (MER) 7-6, 6-1

6. Harper Caswell (FUR) def. Christie Cesarini (MER) 7-6, 6-2


Doubles competition

1. Ansley Speaks/Katarina Weymouth (FUR) def. Katia Stravroulaki/Grace Korta (MER) 6-3

2. Blair Martin/Gabby Rodriguez (FUR) def. Xandra Fougner/Roxy Bartz (MER) 6-2

3. Harper Caswell/Karlee Bryde (FUR) def. Liza Klyachkin/Christie Cesarini (MER) 6-2


Match Notes

Furman 8-8, 1-0 SoCon

Mercer 8-9, 0-2 SoCon

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