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Furman Falls To Samford, 4-3, In SoCon Semifinals

Furman Falls To Samford, 4-3, In SoCon Semifinals

CHATTANOOGA, TENN. – With the score tied at 3-3, Savannah Wood held on for a 6-2, 6-7(4-7), 6-4 win over junior Blair Martin to lead No. 4 Samford to a 4-3 victory over No. 1 Furman Saturday in the semifinals of the Southern Conference Championships at the Champions Club in Chattanooga, Tenn.

The Paladins won two doubles matches to take the opening point.  Martin and freshman Gabby Rodriguez teamed up for a 6-3 win over Ellie Gerlach and Annika Hepp at flight two, and junior Karlee Bryde and sophomore Harper Caswell downed Wood and Georgina Jupp, 6-2, at number three.  The flight one match was unfinished.

The Bulldogs evened the score to open singles play, as Carita Moolman beat freshman Katarina Weymouth, 6-2, 6-1, at flight two, but Furman reeled off victories at flights one and six to take a 3-1 lead.  Caswell topped Jupp, 6-3, 7-5, at number six, then junior Ansley Speaks handed Jessica Northcutt a 6-4, 6-2 loss in the top-seeded match-up.

Needing victories in the three remaining matches, Samford won the first set in all three and cut the deficit to 3-2 when Gerlach bested Bryde, 6-2, 6-4, at flight four.  The Paladins rallied to win the second set in the final two contests, pushing flights three and five to deciding third sets.  The Bulldogs' tied the score with a victory at flight five, as Hepp held on to defeat Rodriguez, 6-1, 5-7, 6-1, setting up the decisive flight three contest.

The Paladins conclude the season with a 15-9 overall record and 7-0 SoCon regular season mark. 

Samford 4, Furman 3
Apr 23, 2016 at Chattanooga, Tenn. (Champions Club)

Singles competition

1. Ansley Speaks (FUR) def. Jessica Northcutt (SAM) 6-4, 6-2

2. Carita Moolman (SAM) def. Katarina Weymouth (FUR) 6-2, 6-1

3. Savannah Wood (SAM) def. Blair Martin (FUR) 6-2, 6-7 (4-7), 6-4

4. Ellie Gerlach (SAM) def. Karlee Bryde (FUR) 6-2, 6-4

5. Annika Hepp (SAM) def. Gabby Rodriguez (FUR) 6-1, 5-7, 6-1

6. Harper Caswell (FUR) def. Georgina Jupp (SAM) 6-3, 7-5


Doubles competition

1. Katarina Weymouth/Ansley Speaks (FUR) vs. Jessica Northcutt/Carita Moolman (SAM) 4-5, unfinished

2. Blair Martin/Gabby Rodriguez (FUR) def. Ellie Gerlach/Annika Hepp (SAM) 6-3

3. Karlee Bryde/Harper Caswell (FUR) def. Savannah Wood/Georgina Jupp (SAM) 6-2


Match Notes

Samford 12-11

Furman 15-9

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

SoCon Tournament Semifinals

T-3:45 A-83