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Furman Women's Tennis Team Earns Highest Ranking In Program History

Furman Women's Tennis Team Earns Highest Ranking In Program History

GREENVILLE, S.C. -- The Furman women's tennis team is ranked 43th nationally in this week's Oracle/Intercollegiate Tennis Association Division I poll, marking the highest ranking in program history.  

Furman holds a 14-1 overall record and 1-0 SoCon mark and is riding an eleven-match winning streak after beating Iowa, 5-2, on Saturday.  The Paladins also scored wins over Florida Gulf Coast and Valparaiso last week during the team's Spring Break trip.  Earlier in the season, Furman recorded victories over Marshall, Penn State, and Middle Tennessee State.

The Paladins are led by junior Katarina Kozarov, who ranks 50th nationally and holds a 10-2 record at flight one singles.  Freshman Madison Dillon is ranked 123rd national and boasts a 14-1 singles mark, while rookie Julia Adams sports an 11-2 singles record.  Freshman Taylor Melville is 10-3 in singles play so far this season.  In doubles play, Adams and Kozarov hold an 8-1 record at flight one, and Dillon has teamed with senior Katty Weymouth for an 8-1 mark.

"I am so proud to see all of our team's hard work recognized with the highest ranking in program history," said Furman head coach Adam Herendeen.  "This group has bought into the culture of our program, and they work hard every single day on the court and in the classroom, and I could not think of a more deserving group.  We still have a lot of work to do this season, and we know that we can continue to improve, but this is another great step for our team."

The Paladins' previous top ranking of 46th came in the final ranking of the 2002 season, when Furman beat Clemson, 5-2, during the regular season and went on to record the program's first NCAA tournament victory, a 4-1 win over LSU.

Julie Paré, Furman Sports Information