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Furman Tops Mercer, 4-0, To Reach SoCon Championship Match

Furman Tops Mercer, 4-0, To Reach SoCon Championship Match

MACON, Ga. -- Second-seeded Furman topped No. 6 Mercer, 4-0, Saturday afternoon to reach the Southern Conference championship match.  The Paladins, who are making their fifth trip to the finals in the past six seasons, will square off against top-seeded ETSU Saturday at 6:30 p.m.

With the win, the Paladins (17-4, 6-1 SoCon) extend their winning streak to seven matches.  The Bears conclude their season at 11-15. 

The Paladins won two out of three doubles matches to claim the first point.  Juniors Jake Bhangdia and Clarke Wilson blanked Stathis Tsiranidis and David Georgadze, 6-0, at flight two, then Olivier Stuart and Nicolas Guillon held off sophomore Ivan Mitric and junior Jake Munns, 6-3, at number one.  In the decisive flight three match, sophomores Drew Singerman and Henrik Atlevi outlasted Carver Arant and Fernando Guardia, 7-5, for the point.

In singles, Furman won three matches in straight sets.  Wilson defeated Guillon, 6-2, 6-3, at flight two, and Singerman topped Georgadze, 6-2, 6-3, at number five.  At flight six, freshman James Roelofse recorded a 6-4, 6-3 advantage over Guardia.

Matches at flights one, three, and four were unfinished.  At number one, Stuart, who ranks 107th nationally, won the first set, 6-4, over Mitric, but Mitric led, 4-3, in set two.  In the flight three contest, Munns scored a 6-4 win over Tsiranidis in set one, but Mercer claimed set two, 6-4.  Munns led the third set, 1-0.  At flight four, Arant defeated Bhangdia, 6-3, but Bhangdia came back for a 6-3 victory in set two.  Arant led the third set, 1-0. 

Julie Paré, Furman Sports Information

 

Furman 4, Mercer 0

Apr 20, 2019 at Macon, Ga. (John Drew Smith Tennis Center) 

Singles competition

1. Ivan Mitric (FUR) vs. #107 Olivier Stuart (MER) 4-6, 3-4, unfinished

2. Clarke Wilson (FUR) def. Nicolas Guillon (MER) 6-2, 6-3

3. Jake Munns (FUR) vs. Stathis Tsiranidis (MER) 6-4, 4-6, 1-0, unfinished

4. Jake Bhangdia (FUR) vs. Carver Arant (MER) 3-6, 6-3, 0-1, unfinished

5. Drew Singerman (FUR) def. David Georgadze (MER) 6-2, 6-3

6. James Roelofse (FUR) def. Fernando Guardia (MER) 6-4, 6-3

 

Doubles competition

1. Olivier Stuart/Nicolas Guillon (MER) def. Ivan Mitric/Jake Munns (FUR) 6-3

2. Jake Bhangdia/Clarke Wilson (FUR) def. Stathis Tsiranidis/David Georgadze (MER) 6-0

3. Drew Singerman/Henrik Atlevi (FUR) def. Carver Arant/Fernando Guardia (MER) 7-5

 

Match Notes

Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (5,6,2)