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Furman Outlasts Elon, 4-3

Gabby Rodriguez
Gabby Rodriguez


ELON, N.C. – Furman outlasted Elon, 4-3, Sunday at the Jimmy Powell Tennis Center in Elon, N.C.

After the Phoenix' Montana Morre and Erica Braschi topped rookie Georgie Walker and senior Gabby Rodriguez, 6-1, at flight three doubles, the Paladins reeled off wins at flights one and two to take the opening point.  Sophomore Katarina Kozaro and senior Aryn Greene beat Suzanne Zenoni and Maria Paraja, 6-2, at flight one, then junior Katty Weymouth and sophomore Danni Vines held off Olivia Lucas and Alex Koniaev, 6-4, in the decisive flight two contest.

Kozarov stretched the Furman lead to 2-0 with a 6-3, 6-2 victory over Lucas at flight one, but Koniaev answered for Elon, topping Walker, 6-1, 6-3, at number five.  Greene defeated Paraja, 6-2, 6-4, at flight four to push the Paladin lead to 3-1, then Rodriguez outlasted Moore, 6-3, 7-6(8-6) for the Furman win.

Elon scored in the final two matches, as Braschi held off Weymouth, 6-4, 4-6, 1-0(12-10) at flight two, and Zeoni notched a 7-6(7-5), 2-6, 6-2 advantage over Vines at number three.

"We have battled a lot of adversity this week and knew it was going to take a really gritty effort from our girls to get a win today," said Paladin head coach Adam Herendeen.  "I am really proud of them for how they competed for each other.  We will get a little rest and then put in a lot of work to get ready for two big matches in Athens next weekend!"

The Paladins (2-1) will compete in the ITA Kick-Off Weekend January 26-29 in Athens, Ga.  Furman will face Penn Friday at 10 a.m.  On Saturday, the Paladins will square off against either Georgia or Michigan State.

Julie Paré, Furman Sports Information

Furman 4, Elon 3
Jan 21, 2018 at Elon, N.C. (Jimmy Powell Tennis Center) 

Singles competition

1. Katarina Kozarov (FUR) def. Olivia Lucas (ELON) 6-3, 6-2

2. Erica Braschi (ELON) def. Katty Weymouth (FUR) 6-4, 4-6, 1-0 (12-10)

3. Suzanne Zenoni (ELON) def. Danni Vines (FUR) 7-6 (7-5), 2-6, 6-2

4. Aryn Greene (FUR) def. Maria Paraja (ELON) 6-2, 6-4

5. Alex Koniaev (ELON) def. Georgie Walker (FUR) 6-1, 6-3

6. Gabby Rodriguez (FUR) def. Montana Moore (ELON) 6-3, 7-6 (8-6)


Doubles competition

1. Katarina Kozarov/Aryn Greene (FUR) def. Suzanne Zenoni/Maria Paraja (ELON) 6-2

2. Katty Weymouth/Danni Vines (FUR) def. Olivia Lucas/Alex Koniaev (ELON) 6-4

3. Montana Moore/Erica Braschi (ELON) def. Georgie Walker/Gabby Rodriguez (FUR) 6-1


Match Notes

Furman 2-1

Elon 2-1

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

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