MACON, Ga. -- No. 50 Furman blanked Chattanooga, 4-0, Thursday in the Southern Conference women's tennis quarterfinals at the John Drew Smith Tennis Center in Macon, Ga.
With the victory, the Paladins (24-1, 7-0 SoCon) extended their winning streak to 21 matches, the longest winning streak in Furman women's tennis history. Top-seeded Furman will face No. 5 Samford Friday at 10 a.m. in the tournament's semifinals. No. 8 Chattanooga falls to 8-13, 1-6 in the Southern Conference with the loss.
Furman won two out of three doubles matches to claim the opening point. Junior Katarina Kozarov, the 2019 Southern Conference Player of the Year, and rookie Julia Adams, the 2019 Southern Conference Freshman of the Year, who are ranked 68th nationally in doubles, blanked Delaney Edwards and Emma Van Hee, 6-0, at flight one, and freshman Madison Dillon and senior Katty Weymouth topped Polina Goloputova and Bogdona Zaporozhets, 6-4, at flight two. The flight four match was unfinished, with sophomores Carol Elizabeth Kerman and Georgie Walker tied at 4-all with Caroline Hall and Lily Holmes.
The Paladins won three singles matches in straight sets to clinch the victory. Kozarov, who ranks 78th nationally in singles, blew past Edwards, 6-0, 6-0, in the top-seeded contest, and s Weymouth downed Goloputova, 6-2, 6-1, at flight two. At flight six, Walker blanked Holmes, 6-0, 6-0.
The matches at flights three through five were unfinished. Adams led Zaporozhets, 6-1, 4-1, at number three, and Dillon was ahead of Hall, 6-1, 4-2 at number five. At flight six, Kerman won the first set, 6-2, over Van Hee, but Chattanooga led the second set, 4-1.
Julie Paré, Furman Sports Information
#50 Furman 4, Chattanooga 0
Apr 18, 2019 at Macon, Ga. (John Drew Smith Tennis Center)
1. #78 Katarina Kozarov (FUR) def. Delaney Edwards (UTC) 6-0, 6-0
2. Katty Weymouth (FUR) def. Polina Goloputova (UTC) 6-2, 6-1
3. Julia Adams (FUR) vs. Bogdona Zaporozhets (UTC) 6-1, 4-1, unfinished
4. Madison Dillon (FUR) vs. Caroline Hall (UTC) 6-1, 4-2, unfinished
5. Carol Eliz. Kerman (FUR) vs. Emma Van Hee (UTC) 6-2, 1-4, unfinished
6. Georgie Walker (FUR) def. Lily Holmes (UTC) 6-0, 6-0
3. Carol Eliz. Kerman/Georgie Walker (FUR) vs. Caroline Hall/Lily Holmes (UTC) 4-4, unfinished
Furman 24-1; National ranking #50
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2); Singles (1,6,2)