FORT MYERS, FLA. -- Furman held off Iowa, 5-2, Saturday at the FGCU Tennis Complex in Fort Meyers, Fla., to conclude the Paladins' Spring Break trip.
With the win, Furman improves to 14-1 overall and 1-0 in league play and pushes its winning streak to eleven matches, while the Hawkeyes move to 7-4 with the loss.
The Paladins won two of three doubles matches to claim the opening point. Senior Katty Weymouth and freshman Madison Dillon pushed past Sophie Clark and Ashleigh Jacobs, 6-3, at flight two, and sophomore Carol Elizabeth Kerman teamed with freshman Taylor Melville for a 6-3 advantage over Cloe Ruette and Danielle Bauers at number three. The top flight was tied at 4-all between Furman junior Katarina Kozarov and freshman Julia Adams and Iowa's Elise Van Heuvelen Treadwell and Samantha Mannix.
In singles action, Adams blew past Clark, 6-1, 6-1, at flight three, then Kerman topped Adorabol Huckleby, 6-4, 6-1, at number six to give Furman a 3-0 lead. Jacobs defeated Melville, 6-4, 6-4, at flight four to put Iowa on the board, then Dillon, who ranks 123rd nationally, outlasted Michelle Bacalla, 6-2, 0-1, 6-1, at number five to clinch the win for the Paladins. After Van Heuvelen Treadwell topped 50th-ranked Kozarov, 6-4, 6-4, at flight one to push the score to 4-2, Weymouth came from behind to beat Mannix, 4-6, 6-2, 6-3, at flight two.
"Today was another gritty effort from our team," said Furman head coach Adam Herendeen. "We brought great intensity from start to finish, and every player did their part to earn the team another big win!"
The Paladins (14-1, 1-0 SoCon) return home to entertain SoCon foe UNCG Wednesday at 3 p.m. at the Mickel Tennis Center.
Julie Paré, Furman Sports Information
Furman 5, Iowa 2
1. Elise van Heuvelen Treadwell (Iowa) def. #50 Katarina Kozarov (F), 6-4, 6-4
2. Katty Weymouth (F) def. Samantha Mannix (Iowa), 4-6, 6-2, 6-3
3. Julia Adams (F) def. Sophie Clark (Iowa), 6-1, 6-1
4. Ashleigh Jacobs (Iowa) def. Taylor Melville (F), 6-4, 6-4
5. #123 Madison Dillon (F) def. Michelle Bacalla (Iowa), 6-2, 0-6, 6-1
6. Carol Elizabeth Kerman (F) def. Adorabol Huckleby (Iowa), 6-4, 6-1
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (1,3,2,4,5,6)