JOHNSON CITY, TENN. -- East Tennessee State blanked Furman, 4-0, Friday at the Dave Mullins Tennis Complex in Johnson City, Tenn., snapping the Paladins' nine-match winning streak. With the victory, ETSU moves to 11-4 overall and 3-0 in Southern Conference play, while Furman drops to 10-4 overall and 3-1 in the league.
ETSU won two out of three doubles matches to win the first point. Furman sophomore Ivan Mitric and junior Jake Munns scored a quick 6-1 victory over Juan Lugo and Chris Mikrovas at flight one, then Yusuf Khamis and Frazier Rengifo beat juniors Jake Bhangdia and Clarke Wilson, 6-4, at number two to even the slate. The Paladins were serving for the win in the decisive flight three contest, but Sergi Fontcuberta and David Gonzales outlasted sophomores Drew Singerman and Henrik Atlevi, 7-5, for the point.
The Bucs scored three singles points in straight sets, and the remaining matches were unfinished due to inclement weather. Rengifo topped Mitric, who is ranked 120th nationally, 6-4, 6-1, in the top-seeded match up, and Khamis held off Bhangdia, 6-2, 6-1, at number four. At flight six, Miguel Este downed Atlevi, 6-0, 6-2.
In the unfinished matches, Fontcuberta led Wilson, 6-4, 3-2, at flight two. At number three, Lugo won the first set over Munns, 6-1, then Munns led the second set, 5-4. Singerman was leading Gonzalez, 6-3, 3-2, at flight five.
Furman (10-4, 3-1 SoCon) continues its four-match road swing on Saturday when the Paladins play at Chattanooga at 3 p.m.
Julie Paré, Furman Sports Information
ETSU 4, Furman 0
Mar 22, 2019 at Johnson City, Tenn (Dave Mullins Tennis Complex)
1. Frazier Rengifo (ETSU) def. #120 Ivan Mitric (FUR) 6-4, 6-1
2. Sergi Fontcuberta (ETSU) vs. Clarke Wilson (FUR) 6-4, 3-2, unfinished
3. Juan Lugo (ETSU) vs. Jake Munns (FUR) 6-1, 4-5, unfinished
4. Yusuf Khamis (ETSU) def. Jake Bhangdia (FUR) 6-2, 6-1
5. David Gonzalez (ETSU) vs. Drew Singerman (FUR) 3-6, 2-3, unfinished
6. Miguel Este (ETSU) def. Henrik Atlevi (FUR) 6-0, 6-2
Furman 10-4, 3-1
ETSU 11-4, 3-0
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (6,4,1)
Official: Sandy Smith