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Furman Outlasts Chattanooga, 4-3, To Remain Undefeated In SoCon Play

Karlee Bryde
Karlee Bryde

GREENVILLE, S.C. – Furman outlasted Chattanooga, 4-3, Saturday at the Mickel Tennis Center in Greenville, S.C. to remain unbeaten in SoCon play.  With the win, the Paladins extend their winning streak to seven matches and have won nine of their last ten contests.

The Mocs opened the match with a  win at flight one doubles, as Kayla Jones and Kelsey Coots downed freshman Katarina Weymouth and junior Ansley Speaks, 6-4, then the Paladins evened the slate when sophomore Harper Caswell and junior Karlee Bryde topped Rachele Gazzola and Alison Storie, 6-4, at number three.  In the decisive flight two contest, junior Blair Martin and Rookie Gabby Rodriguez posted a 7-5 victory over Samantha Caswell and Katie Polk to claim the opening point for Furman.

Chattanooga evened the score when Samantha Caswell topped Martin, 6-3, 6-3, at flight three, before the Paladins reeled off three-straight singles wins for the team victory.  Bryde bested Gazzola, 6-4, 6-3, at flight four, and Weymouth posted a 7-6, 6-2 advantage against Coots in the second-seeded contest to push Furman ahead 3-1.  Rodriguez defeated Storie, 6-2, 6-3, at number five to clinch the win for the Paladins.

The Mocs scored the final two points of the match, as Jones came from behind to beat Speaks, 1-6, 6-3, 6-1, in the top-seeded match, and Polk held off Harper Caswell, 7-6, 7-5, at flight six.

The Paladins (12-8, 5-0 SoCon) conclude the home season Sunday with a noon match-up versus Samford at the Mickel Tennis Center.

Julie Paré, Furman Sports Information

Furman 4, Chattanooga 3
Apr 09, 2016 at Greenville, S.C. (Mickel Tennis Center)

Singles competition

1. Kayla Jones (UTC) def. Ansley Speaks (FUR) 1-6, 6-3, 6-1

2. Katarina Weymouth (FUR) def. Kelsey Coots (UTC) 7-6, 6-2

3. Samantha Caswell (UTC) def. Blair Martin (FUR) 6-3, 6-3

4. Karlee Bryde (FUR) def. Rachele Gazzola (UTC) 6-4, 6-3

5. Gabby Rodriguez (FUR) def. Alison Storie (UTC) 6-2, 6-3

6. Katie Polk (UTC) def. Harper Caswell (FUR) 7-6, 7-5


Doubles competition

1. Kayla Jones/Kelsey Coots (UTC) def. Katarina Weymouth/Ansley Speaks (FUR) 6-4

2. Blair Martin/Gabby Rodriguez (FUR) def. Samantha Caswell/Katie Polk (UTC) 7-5

3. Harper Caswell/Karlee Bryde (FUR) def. Rachele Gazzola/Alison Storie (UTC) 6-4


Match Notes

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