UNCG wins battle of top teams, 4-3
GREENVILLE, S.C. – In a battle of two undefeated teams in the Southern Conference, UNCG was able to win the doubles point en route to edging Furman, 4-3, on Saturday afternoon at the Mickel Tennis Center.
UNCG (10-4, 5-0 SoCon) now sit atop of the conference standings as Furman (8-9, 5-1 SoCon) fell into third place.
The Spartans were once again able to win the all-important doubles point for the 11th time in 14 matches this season. Furman was able to win the first double match, 8-2, at No. 3 before Niltooli Wilkins and Lucy Dougherty captured an 8-1 win at No. 2 to push their season record to 12-2.
The Spartans were able to push their lead to 2-0 when Dougherty captured a 6-2, 6-4 win at No. 5 singles. The Paladins cut UNCG's lead down to 2-1 when they took a 6-3, 6-1 win at No. 4.
UNCG came right back at No. 2 when Whitehead defeated Laura Kline, 6-2, 6-4. Furman again made the Spartan lead just one when No. 71 Mocia Arguello defeated Wilkins at No. 1, 6-4, 4-6, 6-0. That was just the second loss Wilkins has suffered this season.
Furman was able to tie the score at three when the Paladins won a hard fought 7-5, 6-4 at No. 3 singles. With the team tied, it all came down to No. 6 singles where Annette Rios scored a narrow 7-6, 7-5 win to clinch the win for UNCG.
The Spartans will wrap up their weekend road trip on Sunday against Wofford at 12 p.m.
UNCG 4, Furman 3
No. 1: Stephanie Macfarlane/Alex Whitehead (UNCG) def. Margaret Boyette/Amanda Murray (FUR), 8-5
No. 2: Niltooli Wilkins/Lucy Dougherty (UNCG) def. Lauren Kline/Michele Stanford (FUR), 8-1
No. 3: Monica Arguello/Jennifer Betts (FUR) def. Mikayla Rogers/Annette Rios (UNCG), 8-2
Order of finish: (3,2,1*) *clinched doubles point
No. 1: No. 71 Monica Arguello (FUR) def. Niltooli Wilkins (UNCG), 6-4, 4-6, 6-0
No. 2: Alex Whitehead (UNCG) def. Lauren Kline (FUR), 6-2, 6-4
No. 3: Margaret Boyette (FUR) def. Stephanie Macfarlane (UNCG), 7-5, 6-4
No. 4: Amanda Murray (FUR) def. Dilara Yurtkuran (UNCG), 6-3, 6-1
No. 5: Lucy Dougherty (UNCG) def. Michele Stanford (FUR), 6-2, 6-4
No. 6: Annette Rios (UNCG) def. Jennifer Betts (FUR), 7-6, 7-5
Order of finish: (5,4,2,1,3,6*) *clinched match
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