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Furman Moves Up To 41st Nationally; Paladin Players Ranked In Singles & Doubles Polls

Furman Moves Up To 41st Nationally; Paladin Players Ranked In Singles & Doubles Polls

GREENVILLE, S.C. -- The Furman women's tennis team is ranked 41st nationally in this week's Oracle/Intercollegiate Tennis Association Division I poll, moving up two spots from last week's ranking.  This week's ranking marks the highest ranking in program history, eclipsing the previous best of 43rd from last week.

Furman boasts a 16-1 overall record and 2-0 SoCon mark and is riding 13-match winning streak after defeating Winthrop, 4-3, on Saturday in Rock Hill.  Earlier in the week, the Paladins posted a 6-1 victory over UNC Greensboro in Greenville.  Earlier in the season, Furman recorded non-conference victories over Marshall, Penn State, Middle Tennessee State, and Iowa.

The Paladins had individuals ranked in both the singles and doubles polls, which were also released on Tuesday.  Junior Katarina Kozarov, who holds an 11-3 record at flight one singles, is rated 88th nationally.  Kozarov and rookie Julia Adams are ranked 40th nationally in doubles.  The Paladin duo sports a 10-1 mark at flight one this season after beating the 31st-ranked team last weekend at Winthrop.

Freshman Madison Dillon is 16-1 in singles, while sophomore Carol Elizabeth Kerman boasts a 10-2 singles mark.  In doubles action, Dillon has teamed with senior Katty Weymouth for a 10-1 mark.

"This past weekend was a big one for us, so it is great to see our team's hard work recognized again," said Furman head coach Adam Herendeen.  "We have been playing really strong doubles as a team, and I am proud of Katarina and Julia for earning their first national ranking in doubles.  For us to be in all three ranking polls is a big honor that very few teams earn, which shows how much our players are improving every day."

Furman will entertain Brown and Brenau Sunday at the Mickel Tennis Center.  First serve is set for 11 a.m. versus Brown, with the match against Brenau to follow at the conclusion of the first match.

Julie Paré, Furman Sports Information