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Furman Blanks The Citadel, 7-0

Sven Ivankovic
Sven Ivankovic

GREENVILLE, S.C. – The Furman men's tennis team remained unbeaten in Southern Conference play after blanking The Citadel, 7-0, Tuesday afternoon at the Mickel Tennis Center in Greenville, S.C.

The Paladins won two out of three doubles matches to claim the opening point.  Senior Joel Cook, last week's SoCon Player of the Week, and sophomore Matt Browned teamed up to beat Elliott Sperr and Dillon Berkabile, 8-7(2) in the top match-up, and the duo of senior Alex Christ and sophomore Ben Horst defeated Jackson Pride and Peter Bleach, 8-1, at flight two.  The Bulldogs were victorious at flight three, as Connor Grady and Oliver Dedding notched an 8-6 advantage over freshman Adam Steryous and senior Nate Collins.

Furman swept the singles slate, as Steryous defeated Sperr, 6-2, 6-1 at flight one, and Brown held on for a 6-4, 7-6(4) win over Berkabile at number two.  In the flight three match-up, junior Luke Synn posted a 6-3, 6-1 victory versus Bleach, and Cook topped Dedding, 6-2, 6-1 at number four.  Freshman Juan Sheppard bested Grady, 6-0, 6-0, at flight five, while senior Sven Ivankovic completed the sweep with a 6-1, 6-0 win against Joe Bove at number six.

Furman (9-7, 3-0 SoCon) hits the road this weekend for a three-match SoCon road swing.  The Paladins play at Samford Friday at 4 p.m. then travel to Chattanooga Sunday for a 3 p.m. match-up. 

Furman 7, The Citadel 0
Mar 25, 2014 at Greenville, S.C. (Mickel Tennis Center)

Singles competition

1. Adam Steryous (FUR) def. Elliott Sperr (CIT) 6-2, 6-1

2. Matt Browne (FUR) def. Dillon Berkabile (CIT) 6-4, 7-6 (7-4)

3. Luke Synn (FUR) def. Peter Bleach (CIT) 6-3, 6-1

4. Joel Cook (FUR) def. Oliver Dedding (CIT) 6-2, 6-1

5. Juan Sheppard (FUR) def. Connor Grady (CIT) 6-0, 6-0

6. Sven Ivankovic (FUR) def. Joe Bove (CIT) 6-1, 6-0


Doubles competition

1. Joel Cook/Matt Browne (FUR) def. Elliott Sperr/Dillon Berkabile (CIT) 8-7 (7-2)

2. Alex Christ/Ben Horst (FUR) def. Jackson Pride/Peter Bleach (CIT) 8-1

3. Connor Grady/Oliver Dedding (CIT) def. Adam Steryous/Nate Collins (FUR) 8-6


Match Notes

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