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2016 Fall Season Begins Friday For Paladin Women's Tennis Team

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GREENVILLE, S.C. -- The Furman women's tennis team will open the fall season September 16-18 at the Duke Bonk Invitational in Durham, N.C., and the USC Upstate Fall Invitational in Spartanburg, S.C. 

Senior Ansley Speaks and sophomore Katty Weymouth will represent the Paladins at the Duke Bonk, while rookies Danni Vines, Katarina Kozarov, Hannah Ferrett, and Anna Walter, plus senior Karlee Bryde, will compete at USC Upstate.

"We have had a great start to the fall and are looking forward to competing in two strong tournaments," said Furman head coach Adam Herendeen, who was named the 2016 Southern Conference Coach of the Year last spring in his first season at the helm of the Paladin program.  "This weekend is all about getting each of our girls a lot of matches and showing us the areas that we need to continue to develop in order to play our best tennis at the end of the year."

The Duke Bonk tournament will begin at 9 a.m. each day.  Friday's play will feature two rounds of doubles followed by one round of singles.  Doubles will conclude on Saturday morning, and the second round of singles will begin Saturday at noon.  The tournament will conclude with one round of singles on Sunday.

Play will begin at 11 a.m. Friday with two rounds of doubles at the USC Upstate Fall Invitational.  One round of singles will follow, and Saturday's action will begin at 9 a.m. with doubles and will continue with a round of singles. 

Admission to both events is free.  

The Paladins return five players from last season's team that posted a 15-9 overall record and won the SoCon regular season championship with a perfect 7-0 mark in league play.  Furman swept the SoCon post-season awards, with Speaks being honored as the 2016 Southern Conference Player of the Year and Weymouth garnering SoCon Freshman of the Year accolades.  Speaks and Weymouth earned All-SoCon first team status for both singles and doubles, and Blair Martin, Gabby Rodriguez, and Bryde each were named to the All-SoCon second team for doubles.  Rodriguez and Weymouth each also snagged a spot on the SoCon All-Freshman Team.

Julie Paré, Furman Sports Information