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Davidson Snaps Furman's Five-Match Winning Streak In Senior Day Match-up

Andrew Mellow
Andrew Mellow

GREENVILLE, S.C. – Davidson's Connor Evins came from behind to defeat sophomore Jacob Behal, 2-6, 6-4, 6-4, at number five singles, clinching a 4-3 victory and snapping the Paladins' five-match winning streak Saturday at the Mickel Tennis Center in Greenville, S.C.  

Prior to the match, which was the regular season finale for both teams, Furman honored its three seniors, Robbie Aru, Tyler Droll, and Andrew Mellow, for their four years of dedication to the Paladin program. 

The Wildcats swept the doubles matches to open play.  Kevin Moore and Chris Mark teamed up for an 8-6 win over Mellow and junior Joel Cook at flight one, then Robert Lightbourn and Nicky Kunz defeated sophomore Jacob Behal and Droll, 9-8, at number three.  Joe Schafer and Ethan Kallick beat junior Alex Christ and freshman Matt Browne, 8-7, at flight two.

In singles action, Mellow quickly handled Schafer, 6-1, 6-4, at number one to even the score, then Paladin sophomore Luke Synn topped Moor, 6-3, 6-4, at flight six to put Furman in the lead, 2-1.  Browne extended the Paladin lead to 3-1 with a 6-3, 7-6(7-3) victory over Mark at number three, before the Wildcats won the next three matches to clinch the team victory.

Lightbourn came from behind for a 5-7, 6-3, 6-4, advantage versus Cook at number four, then Kunz held on for a 6-3, 2-6, 7-6(7-4) win over Christ at flight two to tie the match at 3-all, setting up the decisive flight five match-up.

The Paladins (8-13, 5-5 SoCon) will compete at the Southern Conference Tournament in Elon, N.C., beginning on Thursday.  Furman, the #8 seed in the tournament, will face #9 Appalachian State at 9 a.m. at the Jimmy Powell Tennis Center to open the tournament.


Davidson 4, Furman 3
Apr 13, 2013 at Greenville, S.C. (Mickel Tennis Center)

Singles competition

1. Andrew Mellow (FUR) def. Joe Schafer (DAV) 6-1, 6-4

2. Nicky Kunz (DAV) def. Alex Christ (FUR) 6-3, 2-6, 7-6 (7-4)

3. Matt Browne (FUR) def. Chris Mark (DAV) 6-3, 7-6 (7-3)

4. Robert Lightbourn (DAV) def. Joel Cook (FUR) 5-7, 6-3, 6-4

5. Connor Evins (DAV) def. Jacob Behal (FUR) 2-6, 6-4, 6-4

6. Luke Synn (FUR) def. Kevin Moore (DAV) 6-3, 6-4


Doubles competition

1. Kevin Moore/Chris Mark (DAV) def. Andrew Mellow/Joel Cook (FUR) 8-6

2. Joe Schafer/Ethan Kallick (DAV) def. Alex Christ/Matt Browne (FUR) 8-7 (10-8)

3. Robert Lightbourn/Nicky Kunz (DAV) def. Jacob Behal/Tyler Droll (FUR) 9-8


Match Notes

Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (1,6,3,4,2,5)