GREENVILLE, S.C.. -- No. 43 Furman held off Winthrop, 4-3, Saturday in Rock Hill, S.C., to push its winning streak to 13 matches. With the victory, Furman improves to 16-1 overall and 2-0 in the Southern Conference, while the Eagles drop to 8-4 with the loss.
The Paladins won two out of three doubles matches to take the opening point. Junior Katarina Kozarov and freshman Julia Adams knocked off 33rd-ranked Lauren Proctor and Megan Kauffman, 6-2, at flight one, and senior Katty Weymouth and rookie Madison Dillon beat Alisa Soloveva and Rafaela Santos, also 6-2, at number two. The flight three match was unfinished.
In singles action, Soloveva defeated Weymouth, 6-2, 6-0, at flight two to even the score at 1-apiece, then sophomore Carol Elizabeth Kerman gave Furman a 2-1 edge after recording a 6-0, 6-3 victory versus Tayla Van Eck at number five. The Eagles again leveled the score as Proctor, who ranks 53rd nationally, topped 50th-ranked Kozarov, 6-1, 6-1, at flight one.
Dillon, who ranks 123rd nationally, downed Santos, 6-2, 6-2 at flight four to push the Paladins ahead 3-2, and Adams notched a 6-3, 6-2 advantage over Kauffman at number three to clinch the wins for the Paladins. The Eagles' Ellie Burns held off sophomore Georgie Walker, 6-3, 4-6, 1-0(10-2) at flight six to push the final score to 4-3.
"This was our best team performance of the year," said Furman head coach Adam Herendeen. "We have lost some tough ones to Winthrop the past couple of years. They are a well coached team and compete very well, and I could not be more proud of how we played today."
The Paladins (16-1, 2-0 SoCon) will entertain Brown and Brenau at the Mickel Tennis Center on March 24. The first match will begin at 11 a.m. with match two set for 3:30 p.m.
Julie Paré, Furman Sports Information
#43 Furman 4, WINTHROP 3
Mar 16, 2019 at Rock Hill, S.C. (Rock Hill Tennis Center)
1. #53 PROCTOR, Lauren (WIN) def. #50 Katarina Kozarov (FUR) 6-1, 6-1
2. SOLOVEVA, Alisa (WIN) def. Katty Weymouth (FUR) 6-2, 6-0
3. Julia Adams (FUR) def. KAUFFMAN, Megan (WIN) 6-3, 6-2
4. #123 Madison Dillon (FUR) def. SANTOS, Rafaela (WIN) 6-2, 6-2
5. Carol Eliz. Kerman (FUR) def. VAN ECK, Tayla (WIN) 6-0, 6-3
6. BURNS, Ellie (WIN) def. Georgie Walker (FUR) 6-3, 4-6, 1-0 (10-2)
3. VAN ECK, Tayla/BURNS, Ellie (WIN) vs. Carol Eliz. Kerman/Georgie Walker (FUR) 5-3, unfinished
Furman 16-1, 2-0; National ranking #43
WINTHROP 8-4, 4-0
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2); Singles (2,5,1,4,3,6)