GREENVILLE, S.C. -- The Furman women's tennis team opens its Spring Break trip with two matches on Wednesday in Fort Myers, Fla. Florida Gulf Coast, which is ranked 50th in the latest ITA Poll, will play host to the Paladins at 10 a.m., then Furman will take on Valparaiso at 3 p.m.
"We are excited for a challenging day tomorrow with two strong opponents," said Furman head coach Adam Herendeen. "We are fortunate to be down here and to get some tough tennis outdoors as we keep developing."
Furman is riding an eight match winning streak and holds an 11-1 overall record and 1-0 Southern Conference mark after sweeping Western Carolina, 7-0, on Thursday. The Paladins are led by junior Katarina Kozarov, who ranks 53rd nationally and holds a 9-1 record at flight one singles. Freshman Madison Dillon is 11-1 in singles, while rookie Julia Adams sports a 9-2 singles record. Sophomore Carol Elizabeth Kerman is 6-1 in singles play so far this season. In doubles play, Adams and Kozarov hold a 7-1 record at flight one, and Dillon has teamed with senior Katty Weymouth for a 6-1 mark.
Furman and Florida Gulf Coast have only met once, in 2010, when the Paladins defeated the Eagles, 5-2, in Fort Myers. The Eagles enter the match at 4-4 overall and 0-1 in the Atlantic Sun after falling to North Florida, 4-3, on Saturday.
Wednesday's match will mark the first meeting between Furman and Valparaiso. The Golden Eagles are 2-8 overall and hold wins over Bethel and Grace College.
Julie Paré, Furman Sports Information