GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Furman powered past Samford, 6-1, Saturday in men's tennis action at the Mickel Tennis Center in Greenville, S.C. With the win, the Paladins improve to 13-4 overall and 5-1 in Southern Conference play, while Samford drops to 9-8 overall and 1-3 in league play.
The Paladins swept the doubles matches to take the first point. Sophomore Ivan Mitric and junior Jake Munns blanked Daniel Orlita and Jack Lyttle, 6-0, at flight one, and juniors Jake Bhangdia and Clarke Wilson topped Max Rebol and Aleksandar Petrovic, 6-4, at number two. At flight three, sophomores Henrik Atlevi and Drew Singerman beat M.A. Bellalouna and Rossouw Norval, 6-2.
Furman won five of six singles matches for the victory. Mitric blew past Norval, 6-2, 6-1, in the top-seeded contest, and Munns held off Petrovic, 6-3, 7-6(2), at number three. At flight four, Bhangdia outlasted Rebol, 7-6(1), 3-6, 1-0 (18-16), and Singerman remained undefeated in singles with a 6-0, 6-3 advantage versus Bellalouna at flight five. Freshman James Roelofse came into the lineup at flight six, defeating Lyttle, 7-5, 6-4.
The Bulldogs picked up a win at flight two, where Orlita downed Wilson, 6-3, 0-6, 6-4.
Furman (13-4, 5-1 SoCon) will conclude the home season Monday when the Paladins entertain Mercer at 3 p.m at the Mickel Tennis Center.
Julie Paré, Furman Sports Information
Furman 6, Samford Men's Tennis 1
Apr 06, 2019 at Greenville, S.C. (Mickel Tennis Center)
1. Ivan Mitric (FUR) def. Rossouw Norval (SAM-M) 6-2, 6-1
2. Daniel Orlita (SAM-M) def. Clarke Wilson (FUR) 6-3, 0-6, 6-4
3. Jake Munns (FUR) def. Aleksandar Petrovic (SAM-M) 6-3, 7-6 (7-2)
4. Jake Bhangdia (FUR) def. Max Rebol (SAM-M) 7-6 (7-1), 3-6, 1-0 (18-16)
5. Drew Singerman (FUR) def. M.A. Bellalouna (SAM-M) 6-0, 6-3
6. James Roelofse (FUR) def. Jack Lyttle (SAM-M) 7-5, 6-4
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (5,1,3,6,2,4)