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Furman Downs Coastal Carolina, 6-1, In Season Opener

Furman defeats Coastal Carolina, 6-1.


GREENVILLE, S.C. – Furman downed Coastal Carolina, 6-1, Wednesday in the season opener for both teams at the Mickel Tennis Center in Greenville, S.C.

The Paladins swept the doubles matches to take the opening point.  Sophomore Katarina Kozarov teamed with senior Aryn Greene for a 6-2 win over Rylie Cox and Iryna Vardanian at flight one, and junior Katty Weymouth and sophomore Danni Vines beat Sara Bondar and Somer Dalla-Bona, 6-3, in the second-seeded match up.  At flight three, senior Gabby Rodriguez and freshman Georgie Walker blanked Natalie Wall and Jessie Mount, 6-0.

Furman won the top five singles matches for the victory.  Kozarov held off Cox, 7-5, 6-3, in the top-seeded contest, and Weymouth came from behind for a 4-6, 6-2, 6-2 advantage over Vardanian at flight two.  Vines outlasted Dalla-Bona, 6-3, 4-6, 6-3, in the number three match, and Greene topped Bondar, 6-3, 6-2, at flight five.  Walker blanked Mount, 6-0, 6-0, at number five.

Maria Khomchenko defeated Rodriguez, 6-4, 7-5, at flight six for the Chanticleers lone point.

"Today was a total team effort," said Furman head coach Adam Herendeen.  "Our support staff went above and beyond to make it possible for us to get the match in, and I am extremely grateful.  Our girls did a great job of preparing, despite so much being up in the air with the weather, and played a really solid first match.  We know we have a lot to improve on but I am proud of how our girls played today."

The Paladins (1-0) begin a six-match road swing at Wake Forest Saturday at 10 a.m.

Furman 6, Coastal Carolina 1
Jan 17, 2018 at Greenville, S.C. (Mickel Tennis Center) 

Singles competition

1. Katarina Kozarov (FUR) def. Cox, Rylie (COASTAL) 7-5, 6-3

2. Katty Weymouth (FUR) def. Vardanian, Iryna (COASTAL) 4-6, 6-2, 6-2

3. Danni Vines (FUR) def. Dalla-Bona, Somer (COASTAL) 6-3, 4-6, 6-3

4. Aryn Greene (FUR) def. Bondar, Sara (COASTAL) 6-3, 6-2

5. Georgie Walker (FUR) def. Mount, Jessie (COASTAL) 6-0, 6-0

6. Khomchenko, Maria (COASTAL) def. Gabby Rodriguez (FUR) 6-4, 7-5


Doubles competition

1. Katarina Kozarov/Aryn Greene (FUR) def. Cox, Rylie/Vardanian, Iryna (COASTAL) 6-2

2. Katty Weymouth/Danni Vines (FUR) def. Bondar, Sara/Dalla-Bona, Somer (COASTAL) 6-3

3. Gabby Rodriguez/Georgie Walker (FUR) def. Wall, Natalie/Mount, Jessie (COASTAL) 6-0


Match Notes

Order of finish: Doubles (13,2); Singles (1,4,3,2,5,6)