GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Furman held off Mercer, 4-2, Monday in the Paladins' home finale at the Mickel Tennis Center in Greenville, S.C. With the win, the Paladins improve to 14-4 overall and 6-1 in Southern Conference play, while Mercer falls to 10-12 overall and 3-2 in the league.
The Bears jumped out to an early lead after winning two of three doubles matches to take the opening point. Olivier Stuart and Nicolas Guillon defeated sophomore Ivan Mitric and junior Jake Munns, 6-3, at flight one, then Furman juniors Jake Bhangdia and Clarke Wilson evened the slate with a 6-4 victory against Stathis Tsiranidis and David Georgadze at flight two. In the decisive number three contest, Carter Arant and Fernando Guardia beat sophomores Henrik Atlevi and Drew Singerman, 6-4, to claim the point.
In singles action, Bhangdia put Furman on the board with a 6-4, 6-3 win versus Arant at flight four, but Mercer pulled to 2-1 when Stuart defeated Mitric, 6-2, 6-4, at flight one. The matches at flights two and three each went to a third set, with Furman winning both to gain the momentum and go ahead, 3-2. Wilson came from behind for a 3-6, 6-3, 6-4, advantage over Guillon at number two, and Munns held off Tsiranidis, 6-2, 3-6, 6-2, at number three. Freshman James Roelofse entered the lineup at flight six and clinched the match with a 6-4, 6-1 victory versus Guardia.
The flight five match was unfinished, with Singerman leading Georgadze, 6-4, 4-1.
Furman (14-4, 6-1 SoCon) will hit the road next weekend to conclude the regular season. The Paladins will play at Richmond Friday at 3 p.m. then square off at Norfolk State Saturday at 1 p.m.
Julie Paré, Furman Sports Information
Furman 4, Mercer Men's Tennis 2
Apr 08, 2019 at Greenville, S.C. (Mickel Tennis Center)
1. Olivier Stuart (MER-M) def. Ivan Mitric (FUR) 6-2, 6-4
2. Clarke Wilson (FUR) def. Nicolas Guillon (MER-M) 3-6, 6-3, 6-4
3. Jake Munns (FUR) def. Stathis Tsiranidis (MER-M) 6-2, 3-6, 6-2
4. Jake Bhangdia (FUR) def. Carver Arant (MER-M) 6-4, 6-3
5. Drew Singerman (FUR) vs. David Georgadze (MER-M) 6-4, 4-1, unfinished
6. James Roelofse (FUR) def. Fernando Guardia (MER-M) 6-4, 6-1
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (4,1,3,2,6)