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Penn Defeats Furman, 4-2, In Opening Round Of ITA Kick-Off Weekend

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ATHENS, GA. – Penn defeated Furman, 4-2, Friday in the opening round of the ITA Kick-off at the Lindsey Hopkins Indoor Courts in Athens, Ga.

The Paladins won the opening point with strong doubles play.  Senior Aryn Greene and sophomore Katarina Kozarov topped Lina Qostal and Ashley Zhu, 6-1, at flight one, and sophomore Danni Vines and junior Katty Weymouth beat Jimena Rodrigez-Beni and Marta Kowalska, 6-2, in the number two contest.  The flight three match was unfinished.

Penn captured the first two singles points, as Kowalska bested Vines, 6-1, 6-3, at flight three, and Qostal, who is ranked 121st nationally, downed Weymouth, 6-3, 6-4, at flight two.  In the top seeded match up, Kozarov held off RiaVaidya, 6-1, 7-5, to even the score at 2-all, but Zhu put the Quakers back on top, 3-2, with a 6-1, 7-5 decision over Greene at number four.  Rodrigez-Beni clinched the match for Penn with a 6-3, 6-3 victory versus rookie Carol Elizabeth Kerman at flight six.  The flight five match was unfinished with Curnic and freshman Georgie Walker tied at 6-4, 4-6, 1-1.

The Paladins (2-2) will square off against the loser of Friday's Georgia /Michigan State match on Saturday at 9 a.m.

Pennyslvania 4, Furman 2
Jan 26, 2018 at Athens, Ga. (Lindsey Hopkins Indoor Courts) 

Singles competition

1. Katarina Kozarov (FUR) def. Ria Vaidya (PENN) 6-1, 7-5

2. #121 Lina Qostal (PENN) def. Katty Weymouth (FUR) 6-3, 6-4

3. Marta Kowalska (PENN) def. Danni Vines (FUR) 6-1, 6-3

4. Ashley Zhu (PENN) def. Aryn Greene (FUR) 6-1, 7-5

5. Marija Curnic (PENN) vs. Georgie Walker (FUR) 6-4, 4-6, 1-1, unfinished

6. Jimena Rodrigez-Beni (PENN) def. Carol Eliz. Kerman (FUR) 6-3, 6-3


Doubles competition

1. Aryn Greene/Katarina Kozarov (FUR) def. Lina Qostal/Ashley Zhu (PENN) 6-1

2. Danni Vines/Katty Weymouth (FUR) def. Jimena Rodrigez-Beni/Marta Kowalska (PENN) 6-2

3. Marija Curnic/Ria Vaidya (PENN) vs. Gabby Rodriguez/Carol Eliz. Kerman (FUR) 4-2, unfinished


Match Notes

Furman 2-2

Pennyslvania 1-0

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

ITA Kick-Off 1st Round

Penn plays at 1 p.m. Saturday vs. Georgia-Mich. State winner

Furman plays at 9 a.m. Saturday vs. Georgia-MSU loser

Official: Karen Badger-Mabry T-3:30 A-52