GREENVILLE, S.C. -- The Furman women's tennis team will hold a Family Fun Day Thursday when the Paladins entertain the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers in the team's 2013 season opener. The match, which begins at 3 p.m., will be held at the Mickel Tennis Center on Furman's campus. All fans in attendance will receive an autographed team poster of the Paladins.
The Paladins return eight players from last season's team that posted a 14-10 overall record and an 8-2 mark in Southern Conference play. Head coach Debbie Southern, who is in her 29th season at Furman, guided the 2012 team to the semifinals of the league tournament. The Paladins are looking for their 18th SoCon regular-season title in 2013.
Coastal Carolina was picked to finish third in the Big South this season after posting an 18-6 overall record and 6-2 league mark and reaching the Big South tournament championship match in 2012. Thursday's match marks only the second meeting between the two schools. The Paladins and Chanticleers last met in 1984, with Furman coming out on top, 7-1.
Furman senior Lauren Kline was ranked 68th nationally among all women's tennis singles players, according to the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) preseason rankings. Kline was named to the All-Southern Conference second team for singles last season after notching an 8-14 overall record and 5-4 conference mark at number one singles for the Paladins. During the 2012 fall season, Kline notched victories over Krisztina Kapitany of Purdue and Alabama's Natalia Maynetto at the Duke Fab 4 Invitational then defeated 26th-ranked Zoe DeBruycker of North Carolina at the Furman Fall Classic.
The Paladins competed in the UCF Invitational Jan. 19-21. Sophomore Alex Moreno-Kaste and senior Lauren Kline defeated UCF's Genevieve Lorbergs and Josephine Haraldson, 8-7(5), while senior Michele Stanford and junior Amanda Murray teamed up to beat Jenna Doerfler and Sofia Baptista, 8-4 in the first day of the tournament. The following day, Stanford and Murray combined for an 8-7(6) win over Florida State's Francesca Segarelli and Kristina Schleich in doubles action, while sophomore Kelly Sullivan recorded a 6-2, 6-4 win over Ellen Silver to lead the Paladins in singles. Moreno-Kaste posted a 6-2, 6-3 victory over Jenna Doerler, while Sullivan defeated Caroline Eberhart, 6-4, 6-1 in singles to pace the Paladins in the tournament's final day.