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Samford Slides Past Furman, 5-2

Samford Slides Past Furman, 5-2

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The Samford men's tennis team slid by Furman, 5-2, Friday at the Samford Tennis Center in Birmingham, Ala. 

The Bulldogs swept the doubles to open the match.  Zac Dunkle and Alexander Sanjonz combined for an 8-4 win over sophomores Alex Christ and Joel Cook in the top match, and Elliot Barnwell and Ryan Shidler defeated freshman Jacob Behal and junior Andrew Mellow, 8-4, at number two.  In the number three match, Fernando Costa and Carson Kadi scored an 8-4 victory over senior Watson George and sophomore Nate Collins.

Samford's Dunkle defeated Mellow, 6-3, 7-5, in the top singles match, and Kadi beat Chris, 6-4, 6-3, at number two.  In the third singles contest, Barnwell topped Behal, 6-3, 6-4.  Cook put the Paladins on the board with a 6-3, 1-6, 6-2 win over Costa in the fourth-seeded match, then Sanjonz defeated junior Robbie Aru, 6-2, 3-6, 1-0 (10-2) at number five.  Junior Tyler Droll added to the Furman total at number six, picking up a 7-6(10-8), 5-7, 1-0 (10-6) win over Shidler.

Furman (3-10) continues the 2012 SoCon season Sunday at Chattanooga at 1 p.m.

Samford 5, Furman 2
Mar 16, 2012 at Birmingham, Ala. (Samford Tennis Center)

Singles competition

1. Zac Dunkle (SAM-MT) def. Andrew Mellow (FUR) 6-3, 7-5

2. Carson Kadi (SAM-MT) def. Alex Christ (FUR) 6-4, 6-3

3. Elliot Barnwell (SAM-MT) def. Jacob Behal (FUR) 6-3, 6-4

4. Joel Cook (FUR) def. Fernando Costa (SAM-MT) 6-3, 1-6, 6-2

5. Alexander Sajonz (SAM-MT) def. Robbie Aru (FUR) 6-2, 3-6, 1-0 (10-2)

6. Tyler Droll (FUR) def. Ryan Shidler (SAM-MT) 7-6 (10-8), 5-7, 1-0 (10-6)


Doubles competition

1. Zac Dunkle/Alexander Sajonz (SAM-MT) def. Alex Christ/Joel Cook (FUR) 8-4

2. Elliot Barnwell/Ryan Shidler (SAM-MT) def. Jacob Behal/Andrew Mellow (FUR) 8-4

3. Fernando Costa/Carson Kadi (SAM-MT) def. Watson George/Nate Collins (FUR) 8-4


Match Notes

Furman 3-10, 0-1 SoCon

Samford 9-2, 3-0 SoCon

T-4:41 A-64