GREENVILLE, S.C. -- The 30th 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 63 in the 2016 final ITA Collegiate Tennis rankings: North Carolina (4th), Vanderbilt (5th), Mississippi State (23rd), Wake Forest (29th), Clemson (35th), and Florida State. The eight-team field, which also features Tennessee and Furman, includes 12 singles players and six 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. Admission is free to the event, and free coffee and donuts will be available for fans.
"The Furman Fall Classic is such a special event, and we are looking forward to hosting some of the best players and teams in the nation again this weekend," said Furman head coach Adam Herendeen, who was honored as last year's SoCon Coach of the Year in his first season at the helm of the Paladin program. "Our student athletes competed at a very high level last weekend, and we are eager to watch them continue to develop this weekend. We hope to have a great turn out of fans to cheer on our girls as they battle some of the top players in the SEC and ACC!"
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