Feb. 22, 2014
GREENVILLE, S.C. - Furman tallied the doubles point and added four straight-set singles victories to down East Carolina, 5-2, in non-conference women's tennis action at the Mickel Tennis Center Saturday afternoon.
The setback was the Pirates' third-straight and dropped their dual match record to 3-5. The Paladins improved their spring mark to 4-3 after capturing their third win in the last four outings.
Furman claimed the opening point by using doubles victories at the No. 3 and No. 1 slots as Margaret Boyette and Karlee Bryde defeated Emily Groeneveld and Betsy Zurawel 8-2 before Alex Moreno-Kaste and Katherine Oudin produced an 8-7 victory over Michelle Castro and Nicole LaDuca. The No. 2 match, featuring Dana Gray and Maria Storozheva's battle against the Paladins' Blair Martin and Ansley Speaks, was not completed once the first tally was secured.
After Furman extended its lead to 2-0 behind Bryde's 6-2, 6-2 singles win over Storozheva at the No. 4 position, the Pirates cut the deficit in half when Dana Gray downed Kelly Sullivan 6-2, 6-4 in a No. 5 meeting.
The Paladins captured the next three points with consecutive two-set triumphs at No. 3, No. 2 and No. 6 to clinch the team triumph with a 5-1 edge. Oudin rolled past Groeneveld 6-3, 6-0, Speaks topped LaDuca 6-3, 6-2 and Boyette was tested early by Zurawel before turning in a 6-4, 6-2 decision.
Freshman Michelle Castro posted East Carolina's other tally by rallying past Moreno-Kaste 2-6, 6-4, 6-1 in a top-seeded affair to close the match.
The Pirates will pass the midway point of their seven-match road swing by traveling to Boone on Friday for a 3 p.m. meeting with Appalachian State.
FURMAN 5, EAST CAROLINA 2
No. 1 - Michelle Castro (ECU) def. Alex Moreno-Kaste (FUR) 2-6, 6-4, 6-1
No. 2 - Ansley Speaks (FUR) def. Nicole LaDuca (ECU) 6-3, 6-2
No. 3 - Katherine Oudin (FUR) def. Emily Groeneveld (ECU) 6-3, 6-0
No. 4 - Karlee Bryde (FUR) def. Maria Storozheva (ECU) 6-2, 6-2
No. 5 - Dana Gray (ECU) def. Kelly Sullivan (FUR) 6-2, 6-4
No. 6 - Margaret Boyette (FUR) def. Betsy Zurawel (ECU) 6-4, 6-2
No. 1 - Moreno-Kaste/Oudin (FUR) def. Castro/LaDuca (ECU) 8-7
No. 2 - Blair Martin/Speaks (FUR) vs. Gray/Storozheva (ECU) 7-5, unfinished
No. 3 - Boyette/Bryde (FUR) def. Groeneveld/Zurawel (ECU) 8-2
Team Records: East Carolina 3-5, Furman 4-3