GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Junior Katarina Kozarov and freshman Taylor Melville won the flight one doubles championship to pace the Furman women's tennis team Saturday in the final day of the Furman Duals, which was held this weekend at the Mickel Tennis Center in Greenville, S.C.
Kozarov and Melville downed Marleen Tilgner and Natalia Kattah Paz of Columbus State, 6-4, in Saturday's finals for the championship, while sophomore Georgie Walker and Eva Borders teamed up for a 6-2 victory over UNCW's Rishiki Ravindran and Maddy Muller-Hughes in a flight two consolation match.
The Paladins scored three singles wins on Saturday. Melville defeated Anna Dollar of Liberty, 6-2, 6-0, in flight one, and freshman Mary Hunter Hyche beat Yanna Morar of Charleston Southern, 3-6, 6-2, 10-4, at flight three. Borders came from behind for a 3-6, 6-4, 10-8 advantage over Gabriela Cevallos of USC Upstate at flight four.
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 was a combined 3-0 versus Penn State players on Saturday. Weymouth topped Frederikke Svarre, 6-2, 6-0, while Adams downed Olivia Rohrbacker, 6-2, 6-2, in singles action. In doubles, the Paladin duo scored an 8-4 win over the Nittany Lions' Gabby O'Gorman and Rohrbacker.
"Our doubles play showed a lot of improvement with each round this weekend," said Paladin head coach Adam Herendeen, who is in his fourth season at the helm of the Furman program. "I thought we came out a little slow in a few of the singles matches here in Greenville. We were able to battle back in some of those matches, but how we compete from the first ball is something we can control, and we will do a better job of that next weekend."
Furman will conclude the 2018 fall season next weekend at the Florida State Invitational in Tallahassee, Fla.
Julie Paré, Furman Sports Information
Saturday Furman Duals Doubles Results
F1 Kozarov/Melville (Furman) def. Tilgner/Paz (Columbus State), 6-4
F2 Borders/Walker (Furman) def. Ravindran/Muller-Hughes (UNCW), 6-2
Saturday Furman Duals Singles Results
F1 Taylor Melville (Furman) def. Anna Dollar (Liberty), 6-2, 6-0
F1 Marleen Tilgner (Columbus State) def. Taylor Melville (Furman), 6-2, 6-3
F1 Alisa Rudenko (Wingate) def. Georgie Walker (Furman), 6-4, 6-3
F3 Mary Hunter Hyche (Furman) def. Yanna Morar (Charleston So.), 3-6, 6-2, 10-4
F3 Rachel Marthinsen (UNCW) def. Mary Hunter Hyche (Furman), 6-3, 7-5
F4 Femcke Van Rensburg (Charleston So.) def. Eva Borders (Furman), 6-1, 6-7, 10-7
F4 Eva Borders (Furman) def. Gabriela Cevallos (USC Upstate), 3-6, 6-4, 10-8