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Furman Rallies From Behind To Defeat No. 68 Iowa, 4-3

Ben Horst
Ben Horst

GREENVILLE, S.C. – Sophomore Ben Horst defeated Michael Swank, 6-3, 6-7,6-3 at flight six singles, breaking a 3-3 tie and leading Furman to a 4-3 victory over 68th-ranked Iowa Tuesday at the Mickel Tennis Center in Greenville, S.C.

The Paladins clinched the doubles point to open the match.  Sophomore Matt Browne teamed with senior Joel Cook to defeat Brian Alder and Swank, 8-7(4), in the top match-up, while junior Jacob Behal and freshman Adam Steryous beat Jonas Dierckx and Juan Estenssoro, 8-5, at flight two.  The Hawkeyes won the number three contest, as Matt Hagan and Joey White held on for an 8-7(7-5) victory over senior Alex Christ and Horst.

Iowa tied the score after Alden defeated Browne, 7-5, 6-4 at flight two singles, then Furman took a 2-1 lead with Cook's 7-5, 7-6 win over Hagan at flight four.  The Hawkeyes again knotted the score at 2-2 as Estenssoro beat Behald, 7-5, 6-4 at number three, then Iowa claimed a 3-2 advantage following a 0-6, 6-3, 7-5 win by Dierckx over Steryous in the top singles contest.  Furman, needing wins in the both the remaining singles matches, rallied as Christ topped Dominic Patrick, 6-4, 6-3, at flight five to set up the decisive flight six match-up.

Furman (7-7, 1-0 SoCon) continues a three-match home stand Saturday when the Paladins take on Southern Conference foe UNC Greensboro at noon. 

Furman 4, No. 68 University of Iowa 3
Mar 18, 2014 at Greenville, S.C. (Mickel Tennis Center)

Singles competition

1. Jonas Dierckx (IOWA) def. Adam Steryous (FUR) 0-6, 6-3, 7-5

2. Brian Alden (IOWA) def. Matt Browne (FUR) 7-5, 6-4

3. Juan Estenssoro (IOWA) def. Jacob Behal (FUR) 7-5, 6-4

4. Joel Cook (FUR) def. Matt Hagan (IOWA) 7-5, 7-6 (7-3)

5. Alex Christ (FUR) def. Dominic Patrick (IOWA) 6-4, 6-3

6. Ben Horst (FUR) def. Michael Swank (IOWA) 6-3, 6-7 (6-8), 6-3


Doubles competition

1. Matt Browne/Joel Cook (FUR) def. Brian Alden/Michael Swank (IOWA) 8-7 (7-4)

2. Jacob Behal/Adam Steryous (FUR) def. Jonas Dierckx/Juan Estenssoro (IOWA) 8-5

3. Matt Hagan/Joey White (IOWA) def. Alex Christ/Ben Horst (FUR) 8-7 (7-5)


Match Notes

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