CARY, N.C. -- The Furman men's tennis team competed this week at the USTA/ITA Carolina Regional Championships at the Cary Tennis Park in Durham, N.C. The tournament showcased the top men's tennis players from the states of North Carolina and South Carolina.
Paladin freshman Juan Sheppard scored a 6-4, 6-2 victory over Ted Nilsson of Coastal Carolina in the opening round, then fell to Romain Bogaerts, the top-ranked player in the tournament, 6-3, 6-4, in Friday's second round action.
In singles consolation matches on Friday, junior Jacob Behal defeated Presbyterian's Ben Kelley, 6-3, 4-6, 7-6(3), while sophomore Matt Browne notched a 6-3, 6-7(5), 6-3 victory versus Fernando Sanchez of Clemson.
Furman will compete at the Bulldog Scramble in Athens, Ga., November 8-10.
Complete Furman Results
USTA/ITA Carolina Regional Championships
Singles Main Draw
Rd 128 Juan Sheppard (FUR) def. Ted Nilsson (Coastal), 6-4, 6-2
Rd 64 Romain Bogaerts (Wake) def. Juan Sheppard (FUR), 6-3, 6-4
Rd 128 Andrew Schafer (USC) def. Jacob Behal (FUR), 7-6(8), 6-3
Rd 128 Stuart Depaolo (UNC) def. Alex Christ (FUR), 6-7(4), 6-4, 2-0, ret.
Rd 128 Tsvetan Mihov (USC) def. Matt Browne (FUR), 6-3, 7-6(5)
Jacob Behal (FUR) def. Ben Kelley (Presbyterian), 6-3, 4-6, 7-6(3)
Matt Browne (FUR) def. Fernando Sanchez (Clemson), 6-3, 6-7(5), 6-3
Doubles Main Draw
Rd 64 Harrington/Maden (Clemson) def. Behal/Sheppard (FUR), 8-5
Rd 64 Horton/Weigel (N.C. State) def. Browne/Christ (FUR), 8-6