CHATTANOOGA, TENN. -- Furman held off Chattanooga, 5-2, Saturday in men's tennis action at the UTC Tennis Center in Chattanooga, Tenn. With the victory, the Paladins improve to 11-4 overall and 4-1 in Southern Conference play, while Chattanooga falls to 10-8 overall and 1-1 in the league.
The Mocs took two out of three doubles matches to claim the opening point. Simon Bustamante and Kerim Hyatt recorded a 6-1 victory over sophomore Ivan Mitric and junior Jake Munns at flight one, and Niklas Gerdes and Tomas Rodriguez beat juniors Jake Bhangdia and Clarke Wilson, 6-3, at flight two. At number three, Furman sophomores Drew Singerman and Henrik Atlevi topped Jacob Marshall and Pablo Llebeili, 6-4.
Furman won five singles matches, including three in straight sets. Wilson handed Rodriguez a 6-3, 6-1 loss at flight two, and Jake Munns recorded a 6-1, 2-6, 6-3 victory versus Hyatt at number three. At flight four, Bhangdia swept Bustamante, 6-1, 6-2, then Singerman beat Marshall, 6-2, 6-2, at flight six. Freshman James Roelofse held on for a 6-2, 5-7, 6-4 advantage over Llebeili at flight six.
Chattanooga picked up a point at flight one, where Gerdes outlasted Mitric, who is ranked 120th nationally, 7-5, 4-6, 1-0(10-6).
Furman (11-4, 4-1 SoCon) continues its four-match road swing next Sunday when the Paladins travel to Charleston to take on College of Charleston at 1 p.m.
Julie Paré, Furman Sports Information
Furman 5, Chattanooga 2
03/23/2019 at Chattanooga, Tenn. (UTC Tennis Center)
1. Niklas Gerdes (UTC) def. #120 Ivan Mitric (FUR) 7-5, 4-6, 1-0 (10-6)
2. Clarke Wilson (FUR) def. Tomas Rodriguez (UTC) 6-3, 6-1
3. Jake Munns (FUR) def. Kerim Hyatt (UTC) 6-1, 2-6, 6-3
4. Jake Bhangdia (FUR) def. Simon Bustamante (UTC) 6-1, 6-2
5. Drew Singerman (FUR) def. Jacob Marshall (UTC) 6-2, 6-2
6. James Roelofse (FUR) def. Pablo Llebeili (UTC) 6-2, 5-7, 6-4
Furman 11-4, 4-1 SoCon
Chattanooga 10-8, 1-1 SoCon
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (4,5,2,3,6,1)