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GREENVILLE, S.C. — The South Carolina women’s tennis team opened doubles play at the Furman Fall Classic on Friday in Greenville, S.C., with a strong 8-2 record that landed two teams in championship matches for their respective flights. The doubles portion of the event concludes Saturday morning with matches set for 9 a.m. starts.

In flight two doubles, Megen Cochran and Caroline Dailey teamed up for an 8-6 win against Zordani/McCulloch from Iowa and then followed with an 8-4 defeat over Clousing/Eidukonyte of Clemson in the semifinals. Meghan Blevins and Brigit Folland reached the finals of flight three, beginning with an 8-1 triumph over Leavell/Yates of Vanderbilt and an 8-3 victory against Clemson’s Pederzani/Ruiz.

Hadley Berg and Elixane Lechemia combined for an 8-2 win over Henderson/Guevremont from Tennessee in the first round of flight one doubles. The Gamecocks took an 8-1 loss to No. 8-ranked Gumulya/Rompies from Clemson in the semis. Natalie Looney and Alex Martin also posted a 1-1 record on the day for flight three, first beating Bryde/Caswell from Furman 8-2 before suffering an 8-3 setback to Antal/Sharma of Vandy.

Katie Fosnacht and Ximena Siles Luna scored a couple of wins in the fourth flight of doubles against players who teamed up from different schools. They defeated Gil (Furman) and Dunn (Alabama) first 8-5 and then the combo of Crawford (Iowa) and Dunn 8-1.

In singles, South Carolina combined for a 4-6 record between the seven flights. No. 114 Folland picked up the best win of the day with a 6-3, 6-2 win versus Florida State’s Emily Fanning in the quarterfinals of flight two. Siles Luna beat Blair Martin from Furman 5-7, 6-1, 6-2 in flight five, while Martin registered a 6-2, 6-1 victory against Joan van Lochem of Furman in flight six. Fosnacht picked up a 6-3, 6-3 triumph over Maggie Leavell from Vanderbilt in flight seven.

Shelby Talcott (IA) def. Caroline Dailey (SC) 3-6, 6-1, 6-2
#114 Brigit Folland (SC) def. Emily Fanning (FSU) 6-3, 6-2
Jessy Rompies (CU) def. Meghan Blevins (SC) 6-2, 5-7, 6-4
Laurence Guevremont (UT) def. Hadley Berg (SC) 6-4, 6-3
Ashleigh Antal (VU) def. Megen Cochran (SC) 6-0, 6-2
Ximena Siles Luna (SC) def. Blair Martin (FU) 5-7, 6-1, 6-2
Harper Caswell (FU) def. Alison Mills (SC) 6-0, 6-2
Ellie Yates (VU) def. Natalie Looney (SC) 6-2, 1-6 7-6 (7-3)
Alex Martin (SC) def. Joan van Lochem (FU) 6-2, 6-1
Katie Fosnacht (SC) def. Maggie Leavell (VU) 6-3, 6-3

Berg/Lechemia (SC) def. Henderson/Guevremont (UT) 8-2
#8 Gumulya/Rompies (CU) def. Berg/Lechemia (SC) 8-1
Cochran/Dailey (SC) def. Zordani/McCulloch (IA) 8-6
Cochran/Dailey (SC) def. Clousing/Eidukonyte (CU) 8-4
Blevins/Folland (SC) def. Leavell/Yates (VU) 8-1
Blevins/Folland (SC) def. Pederzani/Ruiz (CU) 8-3
Looney/Martin (SC) def. Bryde/Caswell (FU) 8-2
Antal/Sharma (VU) def. Looney/Martin (SC) 8-3
Fosnacht/Siles Luna (SC) def. Gil (FU)/Dunn (UA) 8-5
Fosnacht/Siles Luna (SC) def. Crawford (IA)/Dunn (UA) 8-1