GREENVILLE, South Carolina – Host Furman won the all-important doubles point and tacked on three singles victories to edge UNCW, 4-3, in women’s tennis Sunday at the Mickel Tennis Center.

The Paladins of the Southern Conference improved to 3-2 on the season with the out-of-league victory. The Seahawks stand 2-1 following Sunday’s loss and a pair of season-opening shutouts of Mercer and Western Carolina.

The Paladins secured the early point with wins at No. 3 and No. 2 doubles. Margaret Boyette and Karlee Bryde got Furman started with a 6-0 decision at No. 3 doubles over Hollie Champion and Kelly Cameron before Blair Martin and Ansley Speaks clinched the point with a 6-4 triumph against Angie Sekely and Alyssa Ritchie.

The match then came down to the wire in singles before the Paladins won the last match of the day at No. 2 singles.

After Furman jumped ahead, 2-0, Sekely dominated Alex Moreno-Kaste, 6-4, 6-1, at the top of the lineup and Cameron evened the match with an identical result against Martin at the No. 4 position.

Bryde gave the Paladins a 3-2 edge with a win at No. 5 singles, but Ritchie trimmed Katherine Oudin, 7-5, 6-3, at No. 3 to even the score again. Speaks then clinched the match by outlasting Olga Blank, 6-3, 7-6, at No. 2 singles.

The Seahawks return to Wilmington briefly before traveling to Elon for a 2 p.m. match on Valentine’s Day.