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Furman Rallies To Slip Past DePaul, 4-3

Furman Rallies To Slip Past DePaul, 4-3

CHICAGO, ILL. – Down 3-1, Furman rallied with third-set singles victories at flights one, three, and five to slip past DePaul, 4-3, Saturday at the Lakeshore Sport & Fitness Center in Chicago, Ill.

The Blue Demons won two of three doubles matches to claim the opening point.  Keisha Clousing and Patricia Lancranjan defeated sophomore Katarina Kozarov and senior Aryn Greene, 6-4, at flight one, and Aspasia Avgeri and Milica Tesic beat junior Katty Weymouth and sophomore Danni Vines, 6-3, at number two.  The Paladins took the third seeded match, as freshman Carol Elizabeth Kerman and senior Gabby Rodriguez held on for a 7-6(5) victory over Alina Kuzmenkova and Marija Jovicic.

Kerman won by default at flight six singles to even the score at 1-1, before DePaul took a 3-1 lead with straight-set wins at flights two and four.  Lancranjan beat Weymouth, 6-4, 6-4, at flight two, and Jovicic topped Vines, 6-4, 6-4, at number four.  Freshman Georgie Walker ignited the turnaround for the Paladins with a 3-6, 6-2, 6-4 advantage over Tesic at flight five, then Kozarov, who was down 5-2 in the second set, came from behind to beat Clousing, 6-7, 7-6, 6-4, at flight one.  With the score tied at 3-all, Greene won a tiebreaker over Avgeri at flight three, 5-7, 6-3, 7-6, to give the Paladins the team victory.

"Our team showed a ton of grit today, and I am so proud of how they fought for every point," said Furman head coach Adam Herendeen after the win.  "Even though we lost all five first sets, you could see how hard we were competing, and that we were starting to figure it out.  Our girls did a great job to just keep fighting and believing and will take a lot of confidence from today's win."

Furman (3-4) returns home to face Charlotte at the Mickel Tennis Center on Friday at 3 p.m.

Julie Paré, Furman Sports Information

Furman 4, DePaul 3
Feb 11, 2018 at Chicago, Ill. (Lakeshore Sport & Fitness) 

Singles competition

1. Katarina Kozarov (FUR) def. Keisha Clousing (DPL) 6-7, 7-6, 6-4

2. Patricia Lancranjan (DPL) def. Katty Weymouth (FUR) 6-4, 6-4

3. Aryn Greene (FUR) def. Aspasia Avgeri (DPL) 5-7, 6-3, 7-6

4. Marija Jovicic (DPL) def. Danni Vines (FUR) 6-4, 6-4

5. Georgie Walker (FUR) def. Milica Tesic (DPL) 3-6, 6-2, 6-4

6. Carol Eliz. Kerman (FUR) def. No player (DPL), by default


Doubles competition

1. Keisha Clousing/Patricia Lancranjan (DPL) def. Katarina Kozarov/Aryn Greene (FUR) 6-4

2. Aspasia Avgeri/Milica Tesic (DPL) def. Katty Weymouth/Danni Vines (FUR) 6-3

3. Carol Eliz. Kerman/Gabby Rodriguez (FUR) def. Alina Kuzmenkova/Marija Jovicic (DPL) 7-6 (7-5)


Match Notes

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