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Furman Blanks Troy & Brenau In Sunday Twinbill

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GREENVILLE, S.C. – Furman blanked Troy, 7-0, and Brenau, 7-0, on Sunday at the Mickel Tennis Center in Greenville, S.C.

In the twinbill opener, the Paladins swept the singles matches and won two out of three doubles contests for the victory.  Senior Ansley Speaks topped Sanae Ohta, 6-0, 6-1, at flight one, and sophomore Katty Weymouth held on for a 6-0, 2-6, 1-0 (10-6) victory versus Hannah Seizer in the flight two match-up.  At flight three, freshman Danni Vines defeated Efriliya Herlina, 6-2, 6-2, and rookie Katarina Kozarov came from behind for a 2-6, 6-3, 1-0 (10-8) win versus Nancy Karaky at number four.  Junior Aryn Green beat Luisa Ferrauti in a tiebreaker at flight five, 7-5, 2-6, 1-0 (10-4), and freshman Hannah Ferrett completed the sweep with a 6-3, 6-1 win versus Alicia Rodriguez at number six.

Speaks teamed up with Greene for a 6-3 win versus Ohta and Herlina in the top-seeded doubles contest, and Ferrett and Vines were victorious over Ferrauti and Hannah Seizer, 6-1, at number three.  The Trojans' Karaky and Rodriguez beat Weymouth and Kozarov, 6-1, at flight two.

In the afternoon match-up, the Paladins captured wins in straight sets in all six singles matches and won the doubles point.  Speaks defeated Rebecca Pijls, 6-1, 6-0, in the number one contest, and Vines beat Maya Mammetgulyyeva, 6-2, 6-2, at flight two.  Greene posted a 6-2, 6-2 victory versus Patricia Pacua, 6-0, 6-1, at flight three, and at number four, Ferrett topped Paula Rives Palau, 6-0, 6-1.  Freshman Anna Walter bested Kirsten Dickins, 6-1, 7-5, at number five, then sophomore Gabby Rodriguez blanked Elizabeth Bielicki, 6-0, 6-0, in the flight six match.

Speaks and Greene beat Mammetgulyyeva and Pijls, 6-1, at flight one, and senior Blair Martin and Rodriguez defeated Rives Palau and Pacua, 6-2, at flight two.  Walter and Kozarov blanked Kickins and Bielicki, 6-0, at flight three for the doubles sweep.

"Today was a really impressive day from our girls," said Paladin head coach Adam Herendeen, who is in his second year at the helm of the Furman program.  "This morning's match was much tougher than the score reflects, and I was really happy to see our team come out and compete well at every spot.  We look forward to building on today and continuing to improve as the season goes on."

Furman (3-2) will entertain Elon Saturday at 1 p.m. 

Julie Paré, Furman Sports Information