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Furman Slips Past Wofford, 4-3, To Advance At SoCon Championship

Juan Sheppard
Juan Sheppard

CHATTANOOGA, TENN. – With the score knotted at 3-all, junior Jacob Behal topped Parks Thompson, 7-6, 3-6, 6-4 at flight six singles to lead second-seeded Furman past seventh-seeded Wofford, 4-3, in the quarterfinals of the 2014 Southern Conference Championships Thursday at the Champions Club in Chattanooga, Tenn.

The Terriers won two out of three doubles matches to capture the opening point.  Behal teamed with freshman Adam Steryous to defeat Walker Heffron and Trevor Gotkowski, 8-5, at flight two, before Wofford claimed the final two matches for the point.  Haris Poric and Rob Galloway downed senior Joel Cook and sophomore Matt Browne, 8-6, at number one, and Jackson Keith and David Sklar posted an 8-7(3) victory versus sophomore Ben Horst and senior Alex Christ at flight three.

The Paladins quickly picked up three straight-sets singles victories to take a 3-1 lead in the match-up.  Freshman Juan Sheppard bested Keith, 6-2, 6-1 at number five, then Cook defeated Gotkowski, 6-2, 6-3 at flight four.  Junior Luke Synn gave Furman the two-point advantage after registering a 6-2, 6-3 win versus Heffron at flight three.

Wofford then claimed singles wins at flight one and two to tie the match, as Poric recorded a 6-2, 6-4 advantage over Browne at flight two, and Galloway held on to defeat Steryous, 7-5, 2-6, 6-1, at number one to set up the decisive flight six match-up.

Furman (15-8, 8-1 SoCon) will face No. 3 UNC Greensboro Friday at 10 a.m. in the semifinals of the tournament at the Champions Club in Chattanooga, Tenn.


Furman 4, Wofford 3
Apr 17, 2014 at Chattanooga, Tenn. (Champions Club)

Singles competition

1. Rob Galloway (WOF) def. Adam Steryous (FUR) 7-5, 2-6, 6-1

2. Haris Poric (WOF) def. Matt Browne (FUR) 6-2, 6-4

3. Luke Synn (FUR) def. Walker Heffron (WOF) 6-2, 6-2

4. Joel Cook (FUR) def. Trevor Gotkowski (WOF) 6-2, 6-3

5. Juan Sheppard (FUR) def. Jackson Keith (WOF) 6-2, 6-1

6. Jacob Behal (FUR) def. Parks Thompson (WOF) 7-6, 3-6, 6-4


Doubles competition

1. Haris Poric/Rob Galloway (WOF) def. Joel Cook/Matt Browne (FUR) 8-6

2. Jacob Behal/Adam Steryous (FUR) def. Walker Heffron/Trevor Gotkowski (WOF) 8-5

3. Jackson Keith/David Sklar (WOF) def. Ben Horst/Alex Christ (FUR) 8-7 (7-3)


Match Notes

Wofford 9-13

Furman 15-8

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