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Furman Slips Past UNC Greensboro, 4-3

Adam Steryous
Adam Steryous

GREENVILLE, S.C. – Furman won the doubles point and collected three singles victories to slip past UNC Greensboro, 4-3, Saturday at the Mickel Tennis Center in Greenville, S.C.

The Paladins opened the match with consecutive wins in doubles to claim the first point.  Senior Joel Cook teamed up with sophomore Matt Browne to down James Dougherty and Randy Phillips, 8-1, in the top match-up, then sophomore Ben Horst and senior Alex Christ topped Nazhone Willkins and Jimmy Roueche, 8-6, at flight three for the point.  The Spartans won at flight two, as Ahmet Sarioglu and Daniel Mack defeated junior Jacob Behal and freshman Adam Steryous, 8-7(5).

Furman extended the lead to 2-0 after Cook recorded a 6-1, 6-2 victory over Gaston Murray at flight four, but UNCG tied the match at 2-all with consecutive singles points.  Mack bested Christ, 6-2, 6-2, at number five, then Doughery notched a 6-2, 6-4 win versus Behal at flight two. 

Steryous put the Paladins back on top, 3-2, with a 6-4, 7-5 victory over Sarioglu in the top singles contest, then Horst clinched the team win by defeating Cameron Smith, 6-3, 7-6(3) at flight six.  In the final match-up of the day, Phillips tallied a hard-fought, 7-6(2), 7-5, advantage over Luke Synn.

Furman (8-7, 2-0 SoCon) concludes its three-match home stand Tuesday when the Paladins take on Southern Conference rival The Citadel at 3 p.m. 

Furman 4, UNCG 3
Mar 22, 2014 at Greenville, S.C. (Mickel Tennis Center)

Singles competition

1. Adam Steryous (FUR) def. Ahmet Sarioglu (UNCG) 6-4, 7-5

2. James Dougherty (UNCG) def. Jacob Behal (FUR) 6-2, 6-4

3. Randy Phillips (UNCG) def. Luke Synn (FUR) 7-6 (7-2), 7-5

4. Joel Cook (FUR) def. Gaston Murray (UNCG) 6-2, 6-1

5. Daniel Mack (UNCG) def. Alex Christ (FUR) 6-2, 6-2

6. Ben Horst (FUR) def. Cameron Smith (UNCG) 6-3, 7-6 (7-3)


Doubles competition

1. Joel Cook/Matt Browne (FUR) def. James Dougherty/Randy Phillips (UNCG) 8-1

2. Ahmet Sarioglu/Daniel Mack (UNCG) def. Jacob Behal/Adam Steryous (FUR) 8-7 (7-5)

3. Ben Horst/Alex Christ (FUR) def. Nazhone Wilkins/Jimmy Roueche (UNCG) 8-6


Match Notes

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