CHATTANOOGA, TENN. -- SoCon regular season champion Furman blanked UNC Greensboro, 4-0, Friday in the first round of the Southern Conference Championships at the Champions Club in Chattanooga, Tenn.
The Paladins (18-8, 7-0 SoCon) will square off against fourth-seeded Chattanooga Saturday at 2 p.m. in the tournament's second round.
Furman won two of three doubles matches to take the opening point. Sophomore Katarina Kozarov, the 2018 SoCon Player of the Year, and senior Gabby Rodriguez defeated Alice Taylor and Blaine Boaz, 6-3, at flight one, and freshmen Georgie Walker Carol Elizabeth Kerman topped Corinne Blythe and Sophia Adams, 7-5, at number three. The flight two match was unfinished.
In singles, the Paladins won three matches in straight sets in the middle of the lineup. Junior Katty Weymouth, who earned an All-SoCon first team citation for singles, beat Taylor, 6-2, 6-0, and sophomore Danni Vines, who was named to the all-conference second team at flight three singles, scored a 6-4, 6-2 victory over Adams. Kerman, who also garnered all-conference second team accolades at flight four, defeated Brianna Gomez, 6-0, 6-3.
Matches at flights one, five, and six were unfinished in the second set, with the Paladins having won the first set in each contest.
Julie Paré, Furman Sports Information
Furman 4, UNCG 0
Apr 20, 2018 at Chattanooga, Tenn. (Champions Club)
1. Katarina Kozarov (FUR) vs. Nancy Bridges (UNCG) 7-6 (7-3), 2-3, unfinished
2. Katty Weymouth (FUR) def. Alice Taylor (UNCG) 6-2, 6-0
3. Danni Vines (FUR) def. Sophia Adams (UNCG) 6-4, 6-2
4. Carol Eliz. Kerman (FUR) def. Brianna Gomez (UNCG) 6-0, 6-3
5. Georgie Walker (FUR) vs. Corinne Blythe (UNCG) 6-4, 5-4, unfinished
6. Gabby Rodriguez (FUR) vs. Blaine Boaz (UNCG) 6-4, 4-2, unfinished
3. Carol Eliz. Kerman/Georgie Walker (FUR) def. Corinne Blythe/Sophia Adams (UNCG) 7-5
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (2,4,3)