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Furman Extends Winning Streak To Four Matches WIth 6-1 Win Over The Citadel

Luke Synn
Luke Synn

GREENVILLE, S.C. – The Furman men's tennis team extended its winning streak to four matches with a 6-1 win over The Citadel Tuesday afternoon at the Mickel Tennis Center in Greenville, S.C.  With the win, the Paladins improve to 8-12 overall and 5-2 in the Southern Conference.

The Bulldogs jumped out to an early lead, winning two of three doubles matches to clinch the first point.  David Orces and James Atkinson defeated sophomores Alex Christ and Joel Cook, 8-5, in the top match, and Elliott Sperr and Alex Howle combined for an 8-6 win over freshmen Luke Synn and Ryan Miller at number three.  In the second-seeded match, Furman juniors Andrew Mellow and Tyler Droll notched an 8-2 victory over Peter Bleach and Dillon Berkabile.

The Paladins regrouped to sweep the singles matches in straight sets.  Mellow beat Orces, 7-6, 6-4, at number one, then Christ defeated Cook, 6-4, 6-1, in the second singles match.  At number three singles, Cook recorded a 6-3, 6-2 win over Atkinson, then junior Robbie Aru topped Berkabile, 6-4, 6-2, in the fourth-seeded match.  Synn tallied a 6-3, 6-3 triumph over Bleach at number five, while freshman Norman Chang defeated Sperr, 7-5, 6-2, in the sixth match.

Furman begins its final road-swing of the regular season Friday when the Paladins at College of Charleston at 2:30 p.m.  The Paladins will then face Appalachian State in Boone, N.C., on April 11 at 2 p.m.

Furman 6, The Citadel 1
Apr 03, 2012 at Greenville, S.C. (Mickel Tennis Center)

Singles competition

1. Andrew Mellow (FUR) def. David Orces (CIT2012) 7-6, 6-4

2. Alex Christ (FUR) def. Josh Cook (CIT2012) 6-4, 6-1

3. Joel Cook (FUR) def. James Atkinson (CIT2012) 6-3, 6-2

4. Robbie Aru (FUR) def. Dillon Berkabile (CIT2012) 6-4, 6-2

5. Luke Synn (FUR) def. Peter Bleach (CIT2012) 6-3, 6-3

6. Norman Chang (FUR) def. Elliott Sperr (CIT2012) 7-5, 6-2


Doubles competition

1. David Orces/James Atkinson (CIT2012) def. Alex Christ/Joel Cook (FUR) 8-5

2. Andrew Mellow/Tyler Droll (FUR) def. Peter Bleach/Dillon Berkabile (CIT2012) 8-2

3. Elliott Sperr/Alex Howle (CIT2012) def. Luke Synn/Ryan Miller (FUR) 8-6


Match Notes

The Citadel 5-15, 0-8 SoCon

Furman 8-12, 5-2 SoCon