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Furman Tops Western Carolina, 6-1, To Extend Winning Streak

Furman Tops Western Carolina, 6-1, To Extend Winning Streak

CULLOWHEE, N.C. – Furman topped Western Carolina, 6-1, Wednesday at the Catamount Athletic Complex in Cullowhee, N.C., to remain unbeaten in SoCon play.  With the win, the Paladins extend their winning streak to six matches and have won eight of their last nine contests.

The Paladins swept the doubles matches to take the opening point.  Junior Ansley Speaks and rookie Katarina Weymouth bested Megan McLinden and Stacia Kissell, 7-5, in the top-seeded contest, and junior Blair Martin and freshman Gabby Rodriguez teamed up to beat Shannon Bettiol and Elizabeth Ansari, 6-4, at flight two.  In the flight three match, sophomore Harper Caswell and junior Karlee Bryde downed Savannah Taranto and Nicole Nielly, 6-4.

In singles action, Speaks posted a 7-5, 6-1 victory against Kissell in the top-flighted match-up, and Weymouth topped McLinden, 6-4, 6-2, at flight two.  In the number three match, Martin held on for a 6-1, 4-6, 6-2, victory versus Bettiol, and Rodriguez outlasted Ansari, 6-4, 4-6, 1-0 (10-5).  Caswell defeated Maguire, 7-5, 6-4, at number six.

The Catamounts only point came at flight four, where Taranto defeated Bryde, 7-5, 6-3.

The Paladins (11-8, 4-0 SoCon) return home to face Chattanooga Saturday at 11 a.m. at the Mickel Tennis Center.

Furman 6, Western Carolina 1
Apr 06, 2016 at Cullowhee, N.C. (Catamount Athletic Complex)

Singles competition

1. Ansley Speaks (FUR) def. Stacia Kissell (WCU) 7-5, 6-1

2. Katarina Weymouth (FUR) def. Megan McLinden (WCU) 6-4, 6-2

3. Blair Martin (FUR) def. Shannon Bettiol (WCU) 6-1, 4-6, 6-2

4. Savannah Taranto (WCU) def. Karlee Bryde (FUR) 7-5, 6-3

5. Gabby Rodriguez (FUR) def. Elizabeth Ansari (WCU) 6-4, 4-6, 1-0 (10-5)

6. Harper Caswell (FUR) def. Erin Maguire (WCU) 7-5, 6-4


Doubles competition

1. Katarina Weymouth/Ansley Speaks (FUR) def. Megan McLinden/Stacia Kissell (WCU) 7-5

2. Blair Martin/Gabby Rodriguez (FUR) def. Shannon Bettiol/Elizabeth Ansari (WCU) 6-4

3. Karlee Bryde/Harper Caswell (FUR) def. Savannah Taranto/Nicole Nielly (WCU) 6-4


Match Notes

Furman 11-8, 4-0

Western Carolina 10-8, 0-5

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