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Rookies Lead Furman In Day Two Of Debbie Southern Fall Classic

Taylor Melville
Taylor Melville

GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Freshmen Taylor Melville, Julia Adams, and Mary Hunter Hyche notched singles wins and rookies Eva Borders and Hyche, along with Adams and sophomore Georgie Walker, scored doubles victories to lead the Furman women's tennis team in day two of the 32nd Annual Debbie Southern Fall Classic, being held this weekend at the Mickel Tennis Center on the campus of Furman University in Greenville, S.C.  

Melville, who was 3-0 in singles and doubles matches on Friday, came from behind to beat Wake Forest's Peyton Pesavento, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3, at flight eight singles on Saturday.  Adams, who scored a singles win over Clemson in round one, posted a 6-4, 6-2 win versus Nandini Das of Florida State at flight six on Saturday.  Hyche held on to top Clemson's Larua Marti, 6-0, 0-6, 7-5, at flight nine.

In doubles play, Walker and Adams teamed up for an 8-3 victory over Sara Lizariturry and Tamara Racine of Mississippi State at flight three, and Borders and Hyche downed Ohio State's Andrea Ballinger and Mary Beth Hurley, 8-6, at flight five.

"Our goal is always to get stronger as tournaments go on, and I thought, as a group, we definitely competed better today," said Paladin head coach Adam Herendeen, who is in his fourth season at the helm of the Furman program.  "We have had a great start to the tournament, and I am looking forward to seeing how strong we finish and how our fitness level looks tomorrow in the last matches."

Eleven teams competing in the tournament were ranked in the top 38 in the 2018 final ITA Collegiate Tennis rankings:  Vanderbilt (2), North Carolina (3), Duke (4), Georgia Tech (5), Texas (6), South Carolina (12), Florida State (16), Wake Forest (27), Mississippi State (29), Ohio State (33), and Clemson (39).  The 12-team field includes 21 singles players ranked in the top 75 and 11 doubles teams ranked in the top 40 in the preseason ITA Collegiate Tennis rankings.

The tournament will conclude with one round of singles on Sunday, beginning at 9 a.m.

Also this weekend, junior Katarina Kozarov is competing at the Oracle ITA Masters in Malibu, Calif. Created in 2015, the Oracle ITA Masters has established itself as one of the premier events of the collegiate tennis season. The tournament features singles draws of 32 men and 32 women, and a mixed doubles event with a 32-player draw. Players are chosen based upon conference representation, similar to the NCAA Tournament, with Kozarov representing the Southern Conference.

On Saturday, Kozarov downed Dominique Vasile of Quinnipiac, 6-3, 6-0, in the consolation singles quarterfinals then beat Lidia Yanes Garcia of Austin Peay, 6-3, 5-7, 7-6(7), after being down 5-1 in the consolation semifinals tiebreaker.

Julie Paré, Furman Sports Information


Doubles Results

Round Three

F2 Oparenovic/Hule (FSU) def. Weymouth/Vines (Furman), 8-7(7-3)

F3 Walker/Adams (Furman) def. Lizariturry/Racine (MSU), 8-3

F4 Dormet/Wolf (OSU) def. Kerman/Melville (Furman), 8-6 

F5 Borders/Hyche (Furman) def. Ballinger/Hurley (OSU), 8-6


Singles Results

Round Two

F3 Tijana Spasojevic (Texas) def. Katty Weymouth (Furman), 6-4, 6-2

F4 Fernanda Labrana (Texas) def. Danni Vines (Furman), 6-3, 6-1

F6 Julia Adams (Furman) def. Nandini Das (FSU), 6-4, 6-2

F7 Dilila Said (Georgia Tech) def. Georgie Walker (Furman), 6-4, 6-4

F8 Luna Dromet (OSU) def. Carol Elizabeth Kerman (Furman), 6-4, 7-5

F8 Taylor Melville (Furman) def. Peyton Pesavento (Wake), 6-2, 3-6, 6-3

F9 Meredith Roberts (MSU) def. Eva Borders (Furman), 6-2, 6-2

F9 Mary Hunter Hyche (Furman) def. Laura Marti (Clemson), 6-0, 0-6, 7-5