Feb. 20, 2013
GREENVILLE, S.C. -- The 38th-ranked South Carolina women's tennis team posted a 7-0 win at Furman on Wednesday evening at the Mickel Tennis Center in Greenville, S.C. The Gamecocks improved to 5-3 on the season with the win, while the Paladins dropped to 1-4.
South Carolina took a hotly contested doubles point from Furman. The Gamecocks claimed an 8-2 victory at the top spot from Jaklin Alawi and Dominika Kanakova against the Paladin duo of Lauren Kline and Alex Moreno-Kaste. Furman responded with a win at No. 3 doubles with Margaret Boyette and Kelly Sullivan defeating Elixane Lechemia and Ximena Siles Luna by an 8-7 (7-2) count.
Carolina's Katerina Popova and Josefin Andersson then found themselves in a 6-all tie on court two with Michele Stanford and Amanda Murray in the deciding match for doubles. The Gamecocks managed to win two straight games to secure the 1-0 lead heading to singles and improved their record on the season to a team best 7-1 in the process.
No. 59 Alawi made short work of No. 110 Kline at the top singles position to extend South Carolina's lead to 2-0 and snap a five-match losing streak. No. 114 Popova cruised past Katherine Oudin on court two 6-2, 6-0, and Kanakova clinched the win for Carolina at No. 4 singles with a 6-4, 6-2 triumph over Stanford.
Lechemia, playing in her first collegiate match, added to Carolina's point total with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Moreno-Kaste on court three to run the score to 5-0. Andersson battled her way to a 6-4, 7-6 (7-2) victory against Murray at No. 5 singles for South Carolina's final point. Furman concluded the evening with Sullivan coming back to defeat Alex Martin 4-6, 7-5, (1-0) to avoid a sweep.
The Gamecocks will return home for their next two contests when they host a doubleheader Saturday beginning at 10:30 a.m. against College of Charleston at Carolina Tennis Center. South Carolina then takes on Charleston Southern afterward at 4 p.m.
|1||#59 Jaklin Alawi||#110 Lauren Kline||South Carolina||6-1, 6-2||1|
|2||#114 Katerina Popova||Katherine Oudin||South Carolina||6-2, 6-0||2|
|3||Elixane Lechemia||Alex Moreno-Kaste||South Carolina||6-4, 6-4||4|
|4||Dominika Kanakova||Michele Stanford||South Carolina||6-4, 6-2||3|
|5||Josefin Andersson||Amanda Murray||South Carolina||6-4, 7-6 (7-2)||5|
|6||Alex Martin||Kelly Sullivan||Furman||4-6, 7-5, (1-0)||6|
|1||#57 Alawi/Kanakova||Kline/Moreno-Kaste||South Carolina||8-2||1|
|3||Lechemia/Siles Luna||Boyette/Sullivan||Furman||8-7 (7-2)||2|