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Furman Shuts Out Western Carolina, 4-0, In Opening Round Of SoCon Championships

Aryn Greene
Aryn Greene

SPARTANBURG, S.C. -- The Furman women's tennis team shut out Western Carolina, 4-0, Friday in the opening round of the Southern Conference Championships at the Reeves Tennis Center in Spartanburg, S.C.  The Paladins, who boast a 14 match winning streak and have won 16 of their last 17 matches, entered the tournament as the No. 1 seed.

Furman won two of three doubles matches to take the opening point.  Freshman Danni Vines and sophomore Katty Weymouth defeated Lauren McCall and Jordan Strickland, 6-1, at flight two, and freshman Katarina Kozarov and senior Blair Martin beat Elizabeth Ansari and Madison Riley, 6-1, at number three.  The flight one match was unfinished.

The Paladins picked up singles wins in straight sets at flights two, three, and six.  Weymouth topped Savannah Taranto, 6-1, 6-3, at flight two, and Vines blanked Riley, 6-0, 6-0, at flight three.  Junior Aryn Greene recorded a 6-2, 6-2 advantage over McCall at number six.  Matches at flights one, four, and five were unfinished since Furman had already clinched the victory.

Furman (21-5, 7-0 SoCon) will square off against the winner of the match between No. 4 Samford and No. 5 Chattanooga Saturday at 10 a.m. at the Mickel Tennis Center in the tournament's second round.

Julie Paré, Furman Sports Information

Furman 4, Western Carolina 0
Apr 21, 2017 at Spartanburg, S.C. (Reeves Tennis Center) 

Singles competition

1. Ansley Speaks (FUR) vs. Jordan Strickland (WCU) 6-1, 1-6, 3-3, unfinished

2. Katty Weymouth (FUR) def. Savannah Taranto (WCU) 6-1, 6-3

3. Danni Vines (FUR) def. Alexa Webb (WCU) 6-0, 6-0

4. Katarina Kozarov (FUR) vs. Madison Riley (WCU) 6-3, 5-1, unfinished

5. Hannah Ferrett (FUR) vs. Elizabeth Ansari (WCU) 6-2, 5-4, unfinished

6. Aryn Greene (FUR) def. Lauren McCall (WCU) 6-2, 6-2

Doubles competition

1. Aryn Greene/Ansley Speaks (FUR) vs. Savannah Taranto/Alexa Webb (WCU) 5-2, unfinished

2. Katty Weymouth/Danni Vines (FUR) def. Lauren McCall/Jordan Strickland (WCU) 6-1

3. Katarina Kozarov/Blair Martin (FUR) def. Elizabeth Ansari/Madison Riley (WCU) 6-1

Match Notes

Western Carolina 13-13, 0-7 SoCon

Furman 21-5, 7-0 SoCon

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

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