Furman edges Chattanooga in battle of top Southern Conference teams
GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Junior Katherine Oudin came from behind to defeat Alexa Flynn 4-6, 7-6, 6-4 at flight three to lead No. 68 Furman to a 4-3 victory against Chattanooga on Sunday at the Mickel Tennis Center. With the win, the Paladins remain unbeaten in Southern Conference play and extend their winning streak to five matches. The Paladin win marks the first league loss for the Mocs this season and leaves Furman alone at the top of the league standings.
In doubles play, the Mocs' Kaylene Chadwell and Flynn teamed up to defeat junior Alex Moreno-Kaste and Oudin 8-4 in the top matchup, then the Paladin freshman duo of Blair Martin and Ansley Speaks registered an 8-3 victory against Kayla Jones and Katie Polk at flight two to even the match. In the decisive No. 3 contest, Chattanooga's Kelsey Coots and Claire Mulyadi held on to beat senior Amanda Murray and freshman Karlee Bryde 8-5 to claim the opening point for the Mocs.
Speaks evened the score with a 6-4, 6-2 advantage versus Jones at flight one singles, then Martin gave Furman a 2-1 lead with a 7-6, 6-1 victory against Polk at No. 6. Coots knotted the score at 2-2 after beating Bryde 7-6, 7-5 at flight four, before junior Kelly Sullivan put the Paladins back on top 3-2 with a 7-5, 6-2 win against Mulyadi at No. 5. Chadwell held on to defeat Moreno-Kaste 7-6, 2-6, 6-1 at No. 2 to set up the decisive flight three matchup.