GREENVILLE, S.C. -- After losing the doubles point, the Furman women's team rallied to win five singles matches to beat Liberty, 5-2, Sunday at the Mickel Tennis Center in Greenville, S.C.
The Flames won two of three doubles matches to take the opening point. Junior Katarina Kozarov and freshman Julia Adams defeated Lara Soares and Maria Medina, 6-1, at flight one before Liberty captured the final two contests. Grace Hashiguchi and Kalani Soli topped senior Katty Weymouth and freshman Madison Dillon, 6-3, at flight two, and Ashley Bongart and Anna Dollar downed sophomore Carol Elizabeth Kerman and freshman Taylor Melville, 6-2, at number three.
Furman claimed the top four singles points to clinch the match. Kozarov, who is ranked 33rd nationally, posted a 6-1, 6-3 victory over Soares in the top-seeded contest, and Weymouth blew past Medina, 6-2, 6-0, at flight two. At flight three, Adams held off Soli, 6-4, 3-6, 6-3, at Dillon outlasted Bongart, 6-2, 2-6, 6-1, at number four. Kerman came from behind to beat Alexandra Almborg, 4-6, 6-0, 1-0(10) at flight six to add the Paladins' final point.
Liberty's lone singles win came at flight five, where Hashiguchi slipped past Walker, 6-2, 4-6, 1-0(7).
"We didn't get off to as good of a start as we have been recently, but I am really proud of how we bounced right back in singles," said Furman head coach Adam Herendeen. " Liberty has a really strong team, so for us to come back like that shows how resilient our team is."
Furman (7-1) hits the road for two matches next weekend. The Paladins will travel to Huntington, W.Va., to face Marshall Friday at 4 p.m. then Furman will square off against Penn State in a neutral match in Huntington on Saturday at noon.
Julie Paré, Furman Sports Information
Furman 5, Liberty 2
Feb 10, 2019 at Greenville, S.C. (Mickel Tennis Center)
1. #33 Katarina Kozarov (FUR) def. Lara Soares (LIBERTYW) 6-1, 6-3
2. Katty Weymouth (FUR) def. Maria Medina (LIBERTYW) 6-2, 6-0
3. Julia Adams (FUR) def. Kalani Soli (LIBERTYW) 6-4, 3-6, 6-3
4. Madison Dillon (FUR) def. Ashley Bongart (LIBERTYW) 6-2, 2-6, 6-1
5. Grace Hashiguchi (LIBERTYW) def. Georgie Walker (FUR) 6-2, 4-6, 1-0 (10-7)
6. Carol Eliz. Kerman (FUR) def. Alexandra Almborg (LIBERTYW) 4-6, 6-0, 1-0 (12-10)
3. Ashley Bongart/Anna Dollar (LIBERTYW) def. Carol Eliz. Kerman/Taylor Melville (FUR) 6-2
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (2,1,3,4,6,5)