GREENVILLE, S.C. – Furman blanked Wofford and Brenau, each 7-0, Wednesday at the Mickel Tennis Center in Greenville, S.C. With the victories, the Paladins extend their winning streak to four matches.
With the win over the Terriers, the Paladins maintained possession of the Pinson Cup. Bobby and Dixie Pinson, beloved friends of both the Furman and Wofford programs, have given the trophy and a generous donation in honor of the rivalry between the two schools. The trophy stays with the winning school until the winner of the next season's match is determined, and the Paladins have been awarded the trophy each year since its inception in 2005.
The Paladins won two out of three doubles matches to take the opening point versus Wofford. Sophomore Katarina Kozarov teamed with senior Gabby Rodriguez for a 6-2 victory over Curran Carver and Brittany Wilbur at flight two, and freshmen Carol Elizabeth Kerman and Georgie Walker beat Lauren Reid and Samantha Russell, 6-2, at number three. The Terriers' Cassidy Hicks and Jenna Vroman scored a 7-6(5) advantage over sophomore Danni Vines and junior Katty Weymouth at flight one.
Furman swept the singles matches, as Kozarov topped Hicks, 7-5, 6-0, in the top-seeded contest, and Weymouth outlasted Vronman, 6-1, 6-7, 1-0(11-9) at flight two. Vines downed Reid, 6-2, 6-1, at number three, and Kerman defeated Carver, 6-1, 6-1, at number four. In the fifth-seeded contest, Walker swept Wilbur, 6-0, 6-2, and sophomore Anna Walter notched a 6-3, 6-0 victory versus Annie Mayfield at flight six.
Against the Tigers, the Paladins swept the singles and doubles matches for the win. In doubles, Vines and Weymouth defeated Charoensirisutthikul and Maya Mannetgulyyeva, 6-1, at flight one, and Rodriguez and Kozarov blanked Patricia and Paula Palau, 6-0, at flight two. At number three, Walker and Kerman beat Valentine Pabon and Rebecca Pijls, 6-1.
In singles action, Kozarov recorded a 6-3, 6-1 advantage over Charoensirisutthikul at flight one, and Weymouth beat Pijls, 6-0, 6-1, at flight two. Vines blanked Mammetgulyyeva, 6-0, 6-0, at number three, and Kerman held off Paula Palau, 6-0, 6-2. The teams played eight-game pro sets at flights five and six, with Walker topping Pabon, 8-1, at number five, and Walter defeated Kirsten Dickins, 8-2, at flight six.
Furman (11-8) will play at UNC Greensboro Saturday at 5 p.m.
Julie Paré, Furman Sports Information