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Paladins Move To 5-0 In SoCon With Win At Chattanooga

Aryn Greene
Aryn Greene

CHATTANOOGA, TENN. -- The Furman women's tennis team moved to 5-0 in the Southern Conference with a 6-1 win over Chattanooga Sunday at the Champions Club in Chattanooga, Tenn.  With the win, the Paladins extend their winning streak to 11 matches and have won 14 of their last 15 matches.

The Paladins captured all three doubles matches to take the opening point.  Senior Ansley Speaks and junior Aryn Greene downed Samantha Caswell and Rachele Gazzola, 6-1, at flight one, and freshman Danni Vines and sophomore Katty Weymouth beat Delaney Edwards and Sydney Patton, 6-2, at number two. At flight three, senior Blair Martin and freshman Katarin Kozarov teamed up to beat Caroline Hall and Mckenzie Barco, 6-3.

In singles action, Speaks topped Caswell, 6-2, 6-0 in the top-flighted match-up, and Weymouth recorded a 6-3, 6-4 advantage over Edwards at flight two.  Vines held on to beat Hall, 6-2, 6-7, 1-0 (10-7), in a tiebreaker at number three, and Kozarov outlasted Patton, 7-5, 6-0, at number four.  In the flight six match, Greene made quick work of Barco, recording a 6-0, 6-1 win.

The Mocs scored at flight five, where Gazzola came from behind for a 2-6, 6-4, 1-0 (10-0) win over freshman Hannah Ferrett.

"This was a big weekend for our team," said Furman head coach Adam Herendeen.  "We are starting to play our best tennis of the year at just the right time.  Our doubles play has been strong all year, but I thought our girls did a really good job of coming out ready from the first ball today."

Furman (18-5, 5-0 SoCon) will entertain league foe East Tennessee State Saturday at 1 p.m.

Furman 6, Chattanooga 1
Apr 02, 2017 at Chattanooga Tenn. (Baylor Courts) 

Singles competition

1. Ansley Speaks (FUR) def. Samantha Caswell (UTC) 6-2, 6-0

2. Katty Weymouth (FUR) def. Delaney Edwards (UTC) 6-3, 6-4

3. Danni Vines (FUR) def. Caroline Hall (UTC) 6-2, 6-7, 1-0 (10-7)

4. Katarina Kozarov (FUR) def. Sydney Patton (UTC) 7-5, 6-0

5. Rachele Gazzola (UTC) def. Hannah Ferrett (FUR) 2-6, 6-4, 1-0 (10-0)

6. Aryn Greene (FUR) def. Mckenzie Barco (UTC) 6-0, 6-1

Doubles competition

1. Ansley Speaks/Aryn Greene (FUR) def. Samantha Caswell/Rachele Gazzola (UTC) 6-1

2. Danni Vines/Katty Weymouth (FUR) def. Delaney Edwards/Sydney Patton (UTC) 6-2

3. Blair Martin/Katarina Kozarov (FUR) def. Caroline Hall/Mckenzie Barco (UTC) 6-3

Match Notes

Furman 17-5

Chattanooga 12-6

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