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29th Annual Furman Fall Classic To Feature Eight Women's Tennis Teams

Blair Martin
Blair Martin

GREENVILLE, S.C. -- The 29th annual Furman Fall Classic women's tennis tournament will be held this weekend at the Mickel Tennis Center on the campus of Furman University in Greenville, S.C.  The tournament will feature eight teams, in a flighted competition (i.e. no team winner, just individual flight champions for singles and doubles).  

Six teams competing in the tournament were ranked in the top 61 in the 2014 final ITA Collegiate Tennis rankings:  Vanderbilt (1), Alabama (14), Clemson (18), South Carolina (29), Florida State (39), and Tennessee (61).  The eight-team field also includes 12 singles players and five doubles teams ranked in the preseason ITA Collegiate Tennis rankings.

Doubles play will begin at 9 a.m. on Friday, followed by singles action at 1 p.m.  Play will continue on Saturday and Sunday, beginning at 9 a.m. each day.

The Paladins return four players from last season's team that posted a 9-14 overall record and a 4-3 mark in Southern Conference play.  Junior Ansley Speaks and sophomore Harper Caswell earned All-SoCon accolades during the 2015 season.  Speaks, a native of Simpsonville, S.C., was named to the all-conference first team for both singles and doubles, while Caswell, who hails from Chattanooga, Tenn., was selected to the All-SoCon second team and the SoCon All-Freshman Team.

Julie Paré, Furman Sports Information