GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Furman blanked Norfolk State, 5-0, Saturday at the Folkes Stevens Tennis Center in Norfolk, Va., to conclude the regular season.
The Paladins won two out of three doubles matches to take the first point. Junior Jake Munns and sophomore Ivan Mitric held off Flavian Fernandez and Agustin Carrizo, 6-3, at flight one, and sophomores Drew Singerman and Henrik Atlevi defeated Andres Alcaraz and Dan Dumitrascu, 6-2, at number three. The flight two match was unfinished, with juniors Clarke Wilson and Jake Bhangdia leading Vini Da Silva and Ignacio Guevel, 5-4.
Furman won four singles matches in straight sets for the victory. Wilson topped Alcaraz, 6-3, 6-2, at flight two, and Munns downed Carrizo, 6-3, 6-0, at number three. At flight four, Bhangdia beat Fernandez, 6-2, 6-4, and senior Alex Steryous entered the lineup at number six, where he outlasted Guevel, 6-4, 7-5.
Matches at flight one and five were unfinished. Mitric led Da Silva, 7-6, 1-1, at number one, and freshman James Roelofse held a 5-7, 6-1, 2-1 advantage over Dumitrascu at number five.
The Paladins (15-4, 6-1 SoCon), winners of five-straight, will compete at the Southern Conference Championships in Macon, Ga., beginning on Thursday. Furman, the No. 2 seed in the tournament, will face No. 7 UNCG at 3 p.m. in the first round.
Julie Paré, Furman Sports Information
Furman 5, Norfolk State 0
04/13/19 at Norfolk, Va. (Folkes Stevens Tennis Center)
1. DA SILVA, Vini (NSUM) vs. Ivan Mitric (FUR) 6-7, 1-1, unfinished
2. Clarke Wilson (FUR) def. ALCARAZ, Andres (NSUM) 6-3, 6-2
3. Jake Munns (FUR) def. CARRIZO, Agustin (NSUM) 6-3, 6-0
4. Jake Bhangdia (FUR) def. FERNANDEZ,Flavian (NSUM) 6-2, 6-4
5. DUMITRASCU,Dan (NSUM) vs. James Roelofse (FUR) 7-5, 1-6, 1-2, unfinished
6. Alex Steryous (FUR) def. GUEVEL, Ignacio (NSUM) 6-4, 7-5
Norfolk State 5-8
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1); Singles (3,4,2,6)