CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Junior Katarina Kozarov reached the semifinals of the main singles draw to lead the Furman women's tennis team this weekend at the ITA Carolinas Regional Championships at the Cone-Kenfield Tennis Stadium in Chapel Hill, N.C. The tournament showcased the top women's tennis players from the states of North Carolina and South Carolina.
Kozarov opened the tournament with a 6-1, 6-1 victory over Mary Caroline Meredith of Wake Forest then beat North Carolina's Alle Sanford, who is ranked 19th nationally, 2-6, 6-4, 6-4 in the round of 32. On Saturday, she defeated two seeded opponents. She took down N.C. State's Alana Smith, 6-3, 6-3, to reach the quarterfinals, where she topped Paige Cline of South Carolina, 6-3, 7-6(1). In the semifinals, Kozarov fell to North Carolina's Sara Daavettila, 7-5, 6-4.
"Katarina had an incredible run here," said Furman head coach Adam Herendeen. "We play in what is arguably the toughest region in the nation, and she proved she can beat anyone in the country. The level she played at during this tournament is a tribute to all of our girls and how hard they are working."
Also in the singles main draw, Paladin freshman Taylor Melville defeated UNC Greensboro's Nancy Bridges, 6-3, 6-2.
Senior Katty Weymouth posted a 6-2, 6-2 win versus Winthrop's Megan Kauffman in the singles consolation draw, while sophomore Georgie Walker scored a 6-2, 6-1 victory over Elon's Maria Paraja, and sophomore Carol Elizabeth Kerman topped Aly Miller-Krasilnikov of Clemson, 6-3, 6-3, in the qualifying singles draw. Freshman Mary Hunter Hyche reached the round of 8 in the singles B draw. Hyche beat Mia Wallace of Elon, 6-0, 7-5, then downed Cambell's Isabel Boada, 6-4, 6-4.
In doubles action, Walker teamed with freshman Eva Borders for an 8-3 over Bridges and Adams of UNC Greensboro, and Kozarov and Melville defeated Appalachian State's Daniel and Anglesjo, 8-6.
"We were really disappointed with our doubles play, but our girls bounced back and competed so well in the singles," said Herendeen. "It was fun to see them all out there together supporting each other."
Furman will compete at the Furman Duals in Greenville, S.C., Nov. 2-3.
Julie Paré, Furman Sports Information
Complete Furman Results
ITA Carolinas Regional Championships
Singles Main Draw
Rd 64 Katarina Kozarov (Furman) def. Mary Caroline Meredith (Wake Forest), 6-1, 6-1
Rd 32 Katarina Kozarov (Furman) def. Alle Sanford (North Carolina), 2-6, 6-4, 6-4
Rd 16 Katarina Kozarov (Furman) def. Alana Smith (N.C. State), 6-3, 6-3
Rd 8 Katarina Kozarov (Furman) def. Paige Cline (South Carolina), 6-3, 7-6(1)
Rd 4 Sara Daavettila (North Carolina) def. Katarina Kozarov (Furman), 7-5, 6-4
Rd 64 Taylor Melville (Furman) def. Nancy Bridges (UNCG), 6-3, 6-2
Rd 32 Lauren Proctor (Winthrop) def. Taylor Melville (Furman), 6-2, 7-5
Rd 64 Ana Castillo (Campbell) def. Julia Adams (Furman), 7-5, 6-7(10), 6-1
Rd 64 Rachel Rohrabacher (South Carolina) def. Katty Weymouth (Furman), 7-6(6), 2-6, 6-4
Singles Consolation Draw
Rd 32 Katty Weymouth (Furman) def. Megan Kauffman (Winthrop), 6-2, 6-2
Rd 16 Fernanda Navarro (Clemson) def. Katty Weymouth (Furman), 7-6(5), 6-2
Rd 32 Alexandra Lee (Charlotte) def. Julia Adams (Furman), 6-1, 6-3
Qualifying Singles Draw
Rd 32 Georgie Walker (Furman) def. Maria Paraja (Elon), 6-2, 6-1
Rd 16 Ellie Burns (Winthrop) def. George Walker (Furman), 6-1, 4-6, 4-6
Rd 32 Carol Elizabeth Kerman (Furman) def. Aly Miller-Krasilnikov (Clemson), 6-3, 6-3
Rd 16 Teodora Sevo (Appalachian State) def. Carol Elizabeth Kerman (Furman), 6-4, 6-3
Rd 32 Megan Kauffman (Winthrop) def. Danni Vines (Furman), 6-3, 6-1
Singles B Draw
Rd 32 Mary Hunter Hyche (Furman) def. Mia Wallace (Elon), 6-0, 7-5
Rd 16 Mary Hunter Hyche (Furman) def. Isabel Boada (Campbell), 6-4, 6-4
Rd 8 Sophia Adams (UNCG), def. Mary Hunter Hyche (Furman), 6-3, 5-7, 6-2
Doubles Main Draw
Rd 64 Walker/Borders (Furman) def. Bridges/Adams (UNCG), 8-3
Rd 32 Omirou/Brylin (Wake Forest) def. Walker/Borders (Furman), 8-2
Rd 64 Kozarov/Melville (Furman) def. Daniel/Anglesjo (Appalachian State), 8-6
Rd 32 Pesaventon/Franco (Wake Forest) def. Kozarov/Melville (Furman), 8-7(6)
Rd 64 Giddings/Barquero (UNCG) def. Adams/Kerman (Furman), 8-6
Rd 32 Davies/Rohrabacher (South Carolina) def. Vines/Weymouth (Furman), 8-6