GREENVILLE, S.C. -- No. 40 Furman dominated Mercer, 7-0, Friday at the Mickel Tennis Center. With the victory, Furman extends its winning streak to 16 matches and improves to 19-1 overall and 3-0 in the Southern Conference. The Bears drop to 10-9 overall and 2-2 in the league with the loss.
The Paladins swept the doubles matches to take the opening point. Down 4-1, junior Katarina Kozarov and freshman Julia Adams, who rank 40th nationally, rallied to win five-straight games, beating Katie Sidor and Celine Schepers, 6-4, at flight one. Freshman Madison Dillon and senior Katty Weymouth held off Maeva Roquebert and Alara Hollyfield, 6-2, at flight two, and sophomores Georgie Walker and Carol Elizabeth Kerman blanked Anna Sovic and Marie Mottet, 6-0, at number three.
Furman won all six singles matches in straight sets. Kozarov, who ranks 88th nationally, outlasted Sidor, 6-4, 6-3, in the top-seeded contest. At flight two, Weymouth blew past Roquebert, 6-1, 6-1, and Adams topped Hollyfield, 6-3, 6-4, at number three. Dillon defeated Schepers, 6-3, 6-1, at number four, and Kerman recorded a 6-2, 6-3 advantage over Mottet at number five. At flight six, Walker made quick work of Sovic, scoring a 6-0, 6-1 victory.
"We didn't come out quite as sharp as we would have liked, and Mercer threw everything they had at us, and our girls really raised their level when they did that," said Furman head coach Adam Herendeen. "We were sharp on all six courts in singles, and I am really proud of our team for how they competed."
The Paladins (19-1, 3-0 SoCon) will travel to Spartanburg Saturday to take on Wofford. First serve is set for noon.
Julie Paré, Furman Sports Information
#40 Furman 7, Mercer Women's Tennis 0
Mar 29, 2019 at Greenville, S.C. (Mickel Tennis Center)
1. #88 Katarina Kozarov (FUR) def. Katie Sidor (MER-W) 6-4, 6-3
2. Katty Weymouth (FUR) def. Maeva Roquebert (MER-W) 6-1, 6-1
3. Julia Adams (FUR) def. Alara Hollyfield (MER-W) 6-3, 6-4
4. Madison Dillon (FUR) def. Celine Schepers (MER-W) 6-3, 6-1
5. Carol Eliz. Kerman (FUR) def. Marie Mottet (MER-W) 6-2, 6-3
6. Georgie Walker (FUR) def. Anna Sovic (MER-W) 6-0, 6-1
3. Georgie Walker/Carol Eliz. Kerman (FUR) def. Anna Sovic/Marie Mottet (MER-W) 6-0
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (2,6,4,5,3,1)