GREENVILLE, S.C. -- With the score tied at 3-apiece, Diana Wong downed sophomore Georgie Walker 5-7, 6-1, 6-4, at flight six to lead Louisville past Furman, 4-3, Sunday at the Mickel Tennis Center in Greenville, S.C.
The Paladins swept the doubles contests to open the match. Junior Katarina Kozarov and freshman Julia Adams blew past Raven Neely and Sena Suswam, 6-1, at flight one. Down 5-2 at flight two, senior Katty Weymouth and freshman Madison Dillon reeled off five-straight games to defeat Nikolina Jovic and Chloe Hamlin, 7-5. At flight three, sophomore Carol Elizabeth Kerman and freshman Taylor Melville beat Wong and Aleksandra Mally, 6-2.
The Cardinals grabbed the first three singles points, as Neely came from behind for a 1-6, 6-3, 6-1 victory over Weymouth at flight two, and Suswam defeated Melville, 6-2, 6-3, at flight three. Jovic topped Adams, 6-4, 6-4, at number three to give Louisville a 3-1 lead.
Furman countered by winning the next two singles contests to tie the match at 3-all and set up the decisive flight six match. Kozarov, who ranks 30th nationally, held off Mally, 6-3, 7-6(4), in the top-seeded match up, and Dillon beat Hamlin, 7-6(13), 6-1, at number five.
Furman (3-1) hits the road this week for the first time this season. The Paladins will play at USC Upstate Wednesday at 3 p.m. then travel to Coastal Carolina Friday for a 10 a.m. match-up.
Julie Paré, Furman Sports Information
Louisville 4, Furman 3
Feb 03, 2019 at Greenville, S.C. (Mickel Tennis Center)
1. #30 Katarina Kozarov (FUR) def. Aleksandra Mally (LOU) 6-3, 7-6 (7-4)
2. Raven Neely (LOU) def. Katty Weymouth (FUR) 1-6, 6-3, 6-1
3. Sena Suswam (LOU) def. Taylor Melville (FUR) 6-2, 6-3
4. Nikolina Jovic (LOU) def. Julia Adams (FUR) 6-4, 6-4
5. Madison Dillon (FUR) def. Chloe Hamlin (LOU) 7-6 (13-11), 6-1
6. Diana Wong (LOU) def. Georgie Walker (FUR) 5-7, 6-1, 6-4
3. Carol Eliz. Kerman/Taylor Melville (FUR) def. Diana Wong/Aleksandra Mally (LOU) 6-2
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (3,4,2,1,5,6)