GREENVILLE, S.C. -- After losing the doubles point, the Furman women's tennis team rallied to claim five singles points, beating Georgia State, 5-2, Monday at the Mickel Tennis Center in Greenville, S.C.
Damira Muminovic and Eva Chivu downed freshman Julia Adams and senior Katty Weymouth, 6-1, at flight two doubles to open the match. Paladin rookie Madison Dillon and sophomore Carol Elizabeth Kerman beat Anastasia Grosheva and Lara Vovk, 6-3, at flight three to even the slate, setting up a decisive flight one match, where Daniela Ramirez and Andreea Stanescu held on to top freshman Taylor Melville and junior Katarina Kozarov, 7-5.
The Panthers extended their lead to 2-0 as Ramirez recorded a 6-2, 6-2 advantage over Weymouth at flight two singles, but Furman rallied to win the remaining five matches to claim the victory. Kozarov, who is ranked 30th nationally, beat Chivu, 6-1, 7-5, at flight one, and Melville held off Muminovic, 6-2, 2-6, 6-0, at flight three. In the number four contest, Adams came from behind to defeat Stanescu, 4-6, 6-4, 6-2, and Dillon bested Vovk, 6-3, 6-3. At flight six, Kerman posted a 7-6(3), 6-2 win versus Grosheva.
"We got off to a bit of a slow start in the doubles, but I couldn't be prouder of how our team battled back," said Furman head coach Adam Herendeen. "Georgia State really brought a lot of intensity, and our girls did a great job to bounce back. This weekend was a great start to the season, and we played at a high level, but, more importantly, we come away with a lot of things we can improve on in the next couple of weeks."
Furman (2-0) will play host to Charleston Southern on Feb. 1 at 3 p.m. at the Mickel Tennis Center.
Julie Paré, Furman Sports Information
Furman 5, Georgia State 2
Jan 21, 2019 at Greenville, S.C. (Mickel Tennis Center)
1. #30 Katarina Kozarov (FUR) def. Eva Chivu (GSU) 6-1, 7-5
2. Daniela Ramirez (GSU) def. Katty Weymouth (FUR) 6-2, 6-2
3. Taylor Melville (FUR) def. Damira Muminovic (GSU) 6-2, 2-6, 6-0
4. Julia Adams (FUR) def. Andreea Stanescu (GSU) 4-6, 6-4, 6-2
5. Madison Dillon (FUR) def. Lara Vovk (GSU) 6-3, 6-3
6. Carol Eliz. Kerman (FUR) def. Anastasia Grosheva (GSU) 7-6 (7-3), 6-2
3. Madison Dillon/Carol Eliz. Kerman (FUR) def. Anastasia Grosheva/Lara Vovk (GSU) 6-3
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (2,1,3,4,5,6)