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Furman Downs Samford, 4-0, To Reach Finals Of SoCon Championships

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GREENVILLE, S.C. -- The Furman women's tennis team downed Samford, 4-0, Saturday in the semifinals of the Southern Conference Championships at the Mickel Tennis Center in Greenville, S.C.  The Paladins, who boast a 15 match winning streak and have won 17 of their last 18 matches, entered the tournament as the No. 1 seed and advance to the championship match where they will face No. 2 ETSU Sunday at 10 a.m.  Furman is seeking its 17th SoCon tournament title and its first since 2008.

Furman (22-5, 7-0 SoCon) won two of three doubles matches to claim the first point.  Freshman Danni Vines and sophomore Katty Weymouth topped Elsa Pool and Annika Hepp, 6-4, at flight two, and freshman Katarina Kozarov and senior Blair Martin downed Savannah Wood and Arianna Beltrame, 6-3, at number three.  The flight one match was unfinished.

The Paladins scored three singles victories in straight sets to clinch the match.  Senior Ansley Speaks posted a 6-4, 6-2 advantage versus Ellie Gerlach in the top seeded contest, and sophomore Katty Weymouth defeated Wood, 6-3, 6-0, at flight two.  In the flight four match, Kozarov notched a 6-4, 6-2 win over Grace Jennings.  Matches at flights three, five, and six were with Furman holding a large lead at five and six.

"I am really proud of how our girls competed today," said Furman head coach Adam Herendeen.  "Samford has gotten better and better as the season has gone on, and they came out and played some awesome doubles and fought for everything in singles.  Our girls did an awesome job of staying composed and just kept battling. Our goal for the tournament was to improve a little each day and as matches went on, and we definitely accomplished that today. We look forward to competing again tomorrow!"

Julie Paré, Furman Sports Information

Furman 4, Samford Women's Tennis 0
Apr 22, 2017 at Greenville, S.C. (Mickel Tennis Center) 

Singles competition

1. Ansley Speaks (FUR) def. Ellie Gerlach (SAM-W) 6-4, 6-2

2. Katty Weymouth (FUR) def. Savannah Wood (SAM-W) 6-3, 6-0

3. Danni Vines (FUR) vs. Elsa Pool (SAM-W) 5-7, 1-5, unfinished

4. Katarina Kozarov (FUR) def. Grace Jennings (SAM-W) 6-4, 6-2

5. Hannah Ferrett (FUR) vs. Arianna Beltrame (SAM-W) 6-3, 5-3, unfinished

6. Aryn Greene (FUR) vs. Annika Hepp (SAM-W) 6-4, 5-3, unfinished

Doubles competition

1. Aryn Greene/Ansley Speaks (FUR) vs. Ellie Gerlach/Grace Jennings (SAM-W) 5-4, unfinished

2. Katty Weymouth/Danni Vines (FUR) def. Elsa Pool/Annika Hepp (SAM-W) 6-4

3. Katarina Kozarov/Blair Martin (FUR) def. Savannah Wood/Arianna Beltrame (SAM-W) 6-3

Match Notes

Samford Women's Tennis 13-10, 4-3 SoCon

Furman 22-5, 7-0 SoCon

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