MURFREESBORO, Tenn. -- Furman won the doubles point and added four singles victories to top Middle Tennessee State, 5-2, Saturday at the Adams Tennis Complex in Murfreesboro, Tenn. With the win, Furman improves to 10-1 and extends its winning streak to seven matches, while the Blue Raiders fall to 3-7.
The Paladins captured wins at flights one and three to take the opening point. Junior Katarina Kozarov and freshman Julia Adams downed Zani Barnard and Costanza Magazzini, 6-3, at flight one, and sophomore Georgie Walker and rookie Madison Dillon beat Marta Peris Herrero and Lidia Burrows, 6-3, at number three. Middle Tennessee State's Luisa Zirilli and Kim Kermet posted a 6-2 advantage versus sophomore Carol Elizabeth Kerman and Taylor Melville in the second-seeded contest.
In singles action, Kozarov, who ranks 53rd nationally, recorded a 6-2, 6-1 win over Magazzini at flight one, and Adams came from behind to beat Burrows, 4-6, 7-6, 1-0(7), at flight two. Melville downed Kermet, 6-3, 6-1, at number three, while Dillon bested Zani Barnard, 6-2, 6-4, at number four.
The Blue Raiders picked up wins at flights five and six. Lee Barnard outlasted Kerman, 4-6, 6-4, 1-0(5), at number five, and Zirilli held off Walker, 7-5, 7-5, at number six.
"Today was a great team win," said Furman head coach Adam Herendeen. "When the big moments came, our girls did a good job to hang tough. We learned a lot today and are excited to get to work next week to get ready to open SoCon play!"
Furman (10-1) returns home to open the Southern Conference season on Friday when the Paladins entertain Western Carolina at 3 p.m. at the Mickel Tennis Center.
Julie Paré, Furman Sports Information
Furman vs Middle Tennessee
2/23/2019 at Adams Tennis Complex
Furman 5, Middle Tennessee 2
1. #53 Katarina Kozarov (FUR) def. Costanza Magazzini (MT) 6-2, 6-1
2. Julia Adams (FUR) def. Lidia Burrows (MT) 4-6, 7-6, 1-0(10-7)
3. Taylor Melville (FUR) def. Kim Kermet (MT) 6-3, 6-1
4. Madison Dillon (FUR) def. Zani Barnard (MT) 6-4, 6-2
5. Lee Barnard (MT) def. Carol Eliz. Kerman (FUR) 4-6, 6-4, 1-0(10-5)
6. Luisa Zirilli (MT) def. Georgie Walker (FUR) 7-5, 7-5
2. Luisa Zirilli/Kim Kermet (MT) def. Carol Eliz. Kerman/Taylor Melville (FUR) 6-2
Middle Tennessee 3-7
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (1,3,4,6,5,2)
Official: Ted Mason