GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Junior Katarina Kozarov and freshman Taylor Melville advanced to the doubles finals to lead the Furman women's tennis team Friday in the opening day of the Furman Duals, being held this weekend at the Mickel Tennis Center on the campus of Furman University in Greenville, S.C.
Kozarov and Melville scored three victories on Friday. The Paladin duo defeated Michelle Schmitz and Kimberly Koerner of Charleston Southern, 6-2, in the opening round then downed UNCW's Sabrina Barisano and Maddy Muller-Hughes, 6-2, in round two. In the day's final match-up, Kozarov and Melville topped Tracy Johnson and Sam Calais of Presbyterian, 6-4.
Sophomore Georgie Walker teamed with rookie Eva Borders for a 6-2 victory over Victoria Saldh and Valeria Zarama of USC Upstate then beat UNCW's Sarah Horn and Celeste Matute, 6-4, in round three. Freshman Marty Hunter Hyche combined with Rishiki Ravindran of UNCW to down Femcke Van Rensburg and Yanna Morar of Charleston Southern, 6-3.
The tournament will conclude on Saturday, and doubles play will begin at 8:30 a.m. Two rounds of singles will follow beginning at approximately 9:30 a.m.
Also this weekend, senior Katty Weymouth and freshman Julia Adams are competing at the Kitty Harrison Invitational in Chapel Hill, N.C. The Paladin duo defeated Elon's Maria Paraja and Alex Koniaev, 6-1, then dropped a 6-4 decision to Sophia Patel and Chloe Ouellet-Pizer of North Carolina in the Doubles A draw. In singles play, Weymouth notched a 6-4, 7-6(2) victory over Tai Martin of Charlotte.
"We have been working a lot on our doubles fundamentals, so it was great to get a good bit of doubles work in today at both tournaments," said Paladin head coach Adam Herendeen, who is in his fourth season at the helm of the Furman program. "We still have a lot of areas we feel we can improve upon, but we are getting better every day!"
Julie Paré, Furman Sports Information
Friday Furman Duals Doubles Results
F1 Kozarov/Melville (Furman) def. Schmitz/Koerner (Charleston Southern), 6-2
F1 Kozarov/Melville (Furman) def. Barisano/Muller-Hughes (UNCW), 6-2
F1 Kozarov/Melville (Furman) def. Johnson/Calais (Presbyterian), 6-4
F1 Walker/Borders (Furman) def. Saldh/Zarama (USC Upstate), 6-2
F1 Tilgner/Paz (Columbus State) def. Walker/Borders (Furman), 6-2
F1 Walker/Borders (Furman) def. Horn/Matute (UNCW), 6-4
F2 Hellberg/Jardim (USC Upstate) def. Hyche (Furman)/Ravindran (UNCW), 6-3
F2 Hyche (Furman) Ravindran (UNCW) def. Van Rensburg/Morar (Charleston Southern), 6-3