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Furman Falls To Elon, 4-1, In SoCon Championship Finale

Juan Sheppard
Juan Sheppard

CHATTANOOGA, TENN. – Second-seeded Furman fell to top-seeded Elon, 4-1, Saturday in the finals of the 2014 Southern Conference Men's Tennis Tournament at the Champions Club in Chattanooga, Tenn. 

Elon (19-4) captured the doubles point to open the match.  The Phoenix' Stefan Fortmann and Juan Madrid earned an 8-2 victory over sophomore Ben Horst and senior Alex Christ at number three, then the Paladins' top tandem of sophomore Matt Browne and senior Joel Cook scored an 8-5 advantage versus Cameron Silverman and Jordan Kaufman  to even the contest.  Trailing 4-0, the Phoenix team of Brian Kowalski and Robert Lindgren rallied for an 8-5 decision against freshman Adam Steryous and junior Jacob Behal at flight two for the point. 

In singles action, Silverman, the 2014 Southern Conference Player of the Year, gave Elon a 2-0 lead with a 6-1, 6-3 win over Steryous at flight one, before Furman (16-9) cut Elon's lead to 2-1 when freshman Juan Sheppard picked up his third singles win of the tournament, registering a 6-4, 6-3 victory over Kaufman at the flight five position.

Kowalski posted a 6-2, 6-3 victory over Cook at number four singles to push the Phoenix lead to 3-1 in the match, then Fortmann's three-set win at flight two clinched the match for Elon.  Fortmann won the first set over Browne, 6-4, but dropped the second frame, 2-6.  The junior was able to claim the third set, 6-1, to give the Phoenix the title.

Silverman was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player after winning all three of his singles matches in straight sets during the tournament

Elon 4, Furman 1
Apr 19, 2014 at Chattanooga, TENN (Champions Club)

Singles competition

1. Cameron Silverman (ELON) def. Adam Steryous (FUR) 6-1, 6-3

2. Stefan Fortmann (ELON) def. Matt Browne (FUR) 6-4, 2-6, 6-1

3. Robert Lindgren (ELON) vs. Luke Synn (FUR) 6-2, 2-6, 1-0, unfinished

4. Brian Kowalski (ELON) def. Joel Cook (FUR) 6-2, 6-3

5. Juan Sheppard (FUR) def. Jordan Kaufman (ELON) 6-4, 6-3

6. Juan Madrid (ELON) vs. Ben Horst (FUR) 4-6, 6-2, 1-2, unfinished


Doubles competition

1. Matt Browne/Joel Cook (FUR) def. Cameron Silverman/Jordan Kaufman (ELON) 8-5

2. Brian Kowalski/Robert Lindgren (ELON) def. Adam Steryous/Jacob Behal (FUR) 8-5

3. Stefan Fortmann/Juan Madrid (ELON) def. Ben Horst/Alex Christ (FUR) 8-2


Match Notes

Furman 16-9

Elon 19-4

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