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Furman Opens SoCon Season With 7-0 Sweep Of Mercer

Aryn Greene
Aryn Greene

GREENVILLE, S.C. – The Furman women's tennis opened the Southern Conference season Thursday with a 7-0 sweep of Mercer at the Mickel Tennis Center.  With the win, the Paladins extend their winning streak to six matches and have now won nine of their last ten matches.

The Paladins won all three doubles matches to take the opening point.  Senior Ansley Speaks and junior Aryn Greene teamed up for a 6-2 victory over Katia Stavroulaki and Grace Korta in the top-seeded contest, and freshman Danni Vines and sophomore Katty Weymouth beat Katie Sidor and Anna Sovic, 6-4, at flight two.  In the number three match-up, senior Blair Martin and rookie Katarina Kozarov topped Marie Mottet and Haley Powell, 6-1.

In singles action, Furman won the top five matches in straight sets.  Speaks defeated Stavroulaki, 6-3, 6-1, at flight one, and Weymouth downed Korta, 7-5, 6-3, at number two.  At flight three, Vines posted a 6-3, 6-2 advantage versus Sidor, and Kozarov beat Mottet, 6-2, 7-5, in the fourth-seeded match.  Freshman Hannah Ferrett recorded a 6-2, 6-4 victory over Powell at flight five, and at number six, Martin won 7-5, 6-7, when Sovic retired due to injury.

Furman (13-5, 1-0 SoCon) returns to action on March 22 when the Paladins travel to Spartanburg to take on Wofford at 3 p.m.

Furman 7, Mercer University 0
Mar 16, 2017 at Greenville, S.C. (Mickel Tennis Center) 

Singles competition

1. Ansley Speaks (FUR) def. Katia Stavroulaki (MER) 6-3, 6-1

2. Katty Weymouth (FUR) def. Grace Korta (MER) 7-5, 6-3

3. Danni Vines (FUR) def. Katie Sidor (MER) 6-3, 6-2

4. Katarina Kozarov (FUR) def. Marie Mottet (MER) 6-2, 7-5

5. Hannah Ferrett (FUR) def. Haley Powell (MER) 6-2, 6-4

6. Blair Martin (FUR) def. Anna Sovic (MER) 7-5, 6-7, retired

Doubles competition

1. Ansley Speaks/Aryn Greene (FUR) def. Katia Stavroulaki/Grace Korta (MER) 6-2

2. Danni Vines/Katty Weymouth (FUR) def. Katie Sidor/Anna Sovic (MER) 6-4

3. Blair Martin/Katarina Kozarov (FUR) def. Marie Mottet/Haley Powell (MER) 6-1

Match Notes

Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (1,4,5,3,2,6)