FORT MYERS, FLA. -- Furman downed Florida Gulf Coast, 6-1, Wednesday at the FGCU Tennis Complex in Fort Meyers, Fla., to open the team's Spring Break trip. With the win, Furman improves to 12-1 overall and 1-0 in league play and extends its winning streak to nine matches, while the Eagles, who were ranked 50th in last week's ITA poll, drop to 4-5 with the loss.
The Paladins won two out of three doubles contests to take the opening point. Freshman Julia Adams and junior Katarina Kozarov blanked Julia Ascua and Maja Ornberg, 6-0, at flight one, and senior Katty Weymouth and freshman Madison Dillon beat Madison Gallegos and Sofia Perez, 6-2. Florida Gulf Coast's Sara Kelly and Patricia Villar defeated sophomore Carol Elizabeth Kerman and rookie Taylor Melville, 6-3, at number three.
In singles, Furman won the top five matches, four in straight sets. Kozarov, who ranks 50th nationally, held off Ornberg, 6-4, 7-6(4), in the top-seeded match up, and Weymouth topped Kelly, 7-6, 6-1, at flight two. At number three, Adams outlasted Ascua, 6-3, 1-6, 7-6(3), and Melville recorded a 6-3, 6-2 victory over Perez at number four. Dillon, who is ranked 123rd nationally, defeated Villar, 6-2, 6-3, at flight five.
The Eagles lone point came at flight six, where Laura Font posted a 7-5, 6-2 advantage versus Kerman.
The Paladins (12-1, 1-0 SoCon) will square off against Valparaiso Wednesday at 3 p.m. The team will conclude the trip with a neutral match versus Iowa on Saturday at 10 a.m.
Julie Paré, Furman Sports Information
Furman 6, FGCU 1
3/6/2019 at Fort Myers, Fla. (FGCU Tennis Complex)
1. #50 Katarina Kozarov (FUR) def. ORNBERG, Maja (FGCU) 6-4, 7-6 (7-4)
2. Katty Weymouth (FUR) def. KELLY, Sara (FGCU) 7-6, 6-1
3. Julia Adams (FUR) def. ASCUA, Julia (FGCU) 6-3, 1-6, 7-3 (7-3)
4. Taylor Melville (FUR) def. PEREZ, Sofia (FGCU) 6-3, 6-2
5. #123 Madison Dillon (FUR) def. VILLAR, Patricia (FGCU) 6-2, 6-3
6. FONT, Laura (FGCU) def. Carol Eliz. Kerman (FUR) 7-5, 6-2
3. KELLY, Sara/VILLAR, Patricia (FGCU) def. Carol Eliz. Kerman/Taylor Melville (FUR) 6-3
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (5,4,6,2,3,1)