GREENVILLE, S.C. – Furman topped Belmont, 5-2, then opened the Southern Conference season with a 6-1 victory over The Citadel in a men's tennis doubleheader Saturday at the Mickel Tennis Center in Greenville, S.C.
The Paladins won the bottom two doubles matches to take the opening point against the Bruins. Freshmen Drew Singerman and Ivan Mitric teamed up to beat Stephen Goldman and Vincent Sterkens, 6-2, at flight one, and rookie Daniel Vishnick and sophomore Trevor Croyder held off Jake Briggs and David Faulkner, 6-4, at number three. In the top seeded match, Belmont's Hendrick Inno and Marko Ilic scored a 6-4 win versus senior Cameron Green and sophomore Clark Wilson.
Furman extended its lead to 2-0 after sophomore Jake Bhangdia defeated Goldman, 6-4, 6-2, at flight four, but the Bruins answered with wins at flights one and two to tie the score at 2-all. Inno held off Green, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, in the number one contest, and Ilic outlasted Mitric, 6-2, 7-6(5), at flight two.
Singerman recorded a 6-3, 4-6, 7-5 advantage against Sterkens at flight three to give the Paladins a 3-2 lead, then Furman captured the final two singles matches to solidify the win. Vishnick posted a 6-2, 6-4 win versus Briggs at flight five, and junior Alex Steryous beat Faulkner, 6-2, 6-3, at number six.
In the nightcap, the Paladins swept the doubles matches to take the first point against the Bulldogs. Singerman and Mitric downed Willem van Zyl and Noah Nawabi, 6-1, at flight one, and Green and Ghangdia scored a 6-3 win over Matthew Henson and Gavin Stewart at number two. In the flight three contest, Croyder teamed with Vishnick for a 6-3 advantage versus Roy Hobson and Will Graham.
In singles action, Green bested van Zyl, 6-1, 6-1, in the top-seeded match up, and Mitric blew past Nawabi, 6-2, 2-0, at flight two. Bhangdia recorded a 6-1, 6-2 win over Henson at number three, and Vishnick defeated Jack Pyritz, 6-1, 6-4, at number four. Steryous defeated Hobson, 6-3, 6-2.
The Bulldogs scored their lone point at flight six, where Stewart outlasted Croyder, 7-5, 6-3.
Furman (8-1) concludes its seven-match home stand Sunday when the Paladins play host to Gardner-Webb at 1 p.m.
Julie Paré, Furman Sports Information