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Furman's Kozarov Earns Second-Consecutive SoCon Player Of The Year Honor; Adams Voted SoCon Freshman Of The Year

Furman's Kozarov Earns Second-Consecutive SoCon Player Of The Year Honor; Adams Voted SoCon Freshman Of The Year

GREENVILLE, S.C. – Furman's Katarina Kozarov has been honored as the 2019 Southern Conference Women's Tennis Player of the Year, while Julia Adams was voted the league's freshman of the year.  All told, the Paladins, who boast a 60-3 combined league mark in singles and doubles competition this season, had six players earn SoCon postseason accolades, as announced today by the league office.  

Postseason balloting was conducted by the league's head coaches, who were not allowed to vote for their own student-athletes.

Kozarov, who was also chosen the league's player of the year last year, becomes the fifth player in Furman history to win the award in back to back seasons.  The Paladins have captured women's tennis player of the year honors a total of 18 times, including each of the last four seasons.  

A junior from Novi Sad, Serbia, Kozarov also earned a spot on the all-conference first team for singles and doubles.  She concluded the regular season with an 18-3 overall record for singles and a perfect 7-0 league mark, playing in the top singles flight.  In doubles action, she teamed with Adams to earn the All-SoCon nod.  The Paladin duo recorded a 15-2  overall record and 6-1 mark versus league opponents.

With Adams' selection as freshman of the year, the Paladins have claimed the award three out of the last four seasons.  A native of Knoxville, Tenn., Adams, who is the 12th Paladin to earn the award, put together an impressive freshman campaign, scoring a 19-3 overall record and 6-1 league mark, playing primarily at flights two and three.  

Senior Katty Weymouth was named to the all-conference first team for singles, marking the third singles first team selection of her career.  A native of London, England, she played primarily at flight two, recording a 15-3 overall mark and unblemished 6-0 record against SoCon foes.  

The second-team all-conference selections are awarded based on position.  Sophomore Carol Elizabeth Kerman garnered all-conference second team honors at flight five after recording a 16-2 overall record an 7-0 league mark, while sophomore Georgie Walker was selected to the team at flight six singles after posting a 12-5 overall record and 7-0 SoCon mark.  

In doubles, freshman Madison Dillon and Weymouth were chosen to the second team at flight two.  The Paladin duo tallied a 17-1 overall mark and 7-0 SoCon record, while Kerman and Walker earned the nod at flight three after combining for a 6-0 overall record, including a 5-0 league mark.

Dillon, who posted a 22-2 overall record and 6-1 SoCon mark for singles, was named to the Southern Conference All-Freshman team, along with Adams. 

"I am so proud of this team for all that they accomplished during the regular season," said Furman head coach Adam Herendeen.  "They have an incredible passion to keep improving everyday and are very deserving of all these accolades.  We are eager to get to Macon this weekend for the SoCon tournament."

The 2019 Southern Conference Women's Tennis Championship begins Thursday in Macon, Ga.  Furman (23-1, 7-0 SoCon) enters the tournament as the No. 1 seed and will square off against Chattanooga Thursday at 8:30 a.m. in the opening round of the tournament.  

Julie Paré, Furman Sports Information

 

2019 SoCon Women's Tennis Postseason Awards

All-Southern Conference First Team

Singles

Laylo Bakhodirova, ETSU

Katarina Kozarov, Furman

Katty Weymouth, Furman

Katie Sidor, Mercer

Nancy Bridges, UNCG

Jenna Vroman, Wofford

 

Doubles

Julia Adams/Katarina Kozarov, Furman

Erika Barquero/Nancy Bridges, UNCG

Cassidy Hicks/Jenna Vroman, Wofford

 

Second Team

Singles (by position)

No. 1 – Jordan Strickland, Western Carolina

No. 2 – Jacy Smith, Western Carolina

No. 3 – Andrea Pascual Larrinaga, ETSU

No. 4 – Raquel Amaro, ETSU

No. 5 – Carol Elizabeth Kerman, Furman

No. 6 – Georgie Walker, Furman

 

Doubles (by position)

No. 1 – Alejandra Morales/Laylo Bakhodirova, ETSU

No. 2 – Madison Dillon/Katty Weymouth, Furman

No. 3 – Carol Elizabeth Kerman/Georgie Walker, Furman

 

All-Freshman

Raquel Amaro, ETSU

Laylo Bakhodirova, ETSU

Julia Adams, Furman

Madison Dillon, Furman

Erika Barquero, UNCG

Jacy Smith, Western Carolina

 

Player of the Year

Katarina Kozarov, Furman

 

Freshman of the Year

Julia Adams, Furman

 

Sportsmanship Award

Jordan Strickland, Western Carolina

 

Coach of the Year

Krissy Hall, Wofford