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Furman Tops Middle Tennessee State, 5-2

Furman Tops Middle Tennessee State, 5-2

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. -- Furman won the doubles point and added four singles victories to top Middle Tennessee State, 5-2, Saturday at the Adams Tennis Complex in Murfreesboro, Tenn.  With the win, Furman improves to 10-1 and extends its winning streak to seven matches, while the Blue Raiders fall to 3-7.

The Paladins captured wins at flights one and three to take the opening point.  Junior Katarina Kozarov and freshman Julia Adams downed Zani Barnard and Costanza Magazzini, 6-3, at flight one, and sophomore Georgie Walker and rookie Madison Dillon beat Marta Peris Herrero and Lidia Burrows, 6-3, at number three.  Middle Tennessee State's Luisa Zirilli and Kim Kermet posted a 6-2 advantage versus sophomore Carol Elizabeth Kerman and Taylor Melville in the second-seeded contest.

In singles action, Kozarov, who ranks 53rd nationally, recorded a 6-2, 6-1 win over Magazzini at flight one, and Adams came from behind to beat Burrows, 4-6, 7-6, 1-0(7), at flight two.  Melville downed Kermet, 6-3, 6-1, at number three, while Dillon bested Zani Barnard, 6-2, 6-4, at number four.

The Blue Raiders picked up wins at flights five and six.  Lee Barnard outlasted Kerman, 4-6, 6-4, 1-0(5), at number five, and Zirilli held off Walker, 7-5, 7-5, at number six.

"Today was a great team win," said Furman head coach Adam Herendeen.  "When the big moments came, our girls did a good job to hang tough.  We learned a lot today and are excited to get to work next week to get ready to open SoCon play!"

Furman (10-1) returns home to open the Southern Conference season on Friday when the Paladins entertain Western Carolina at 3 p.m. at the Mickel Tennis Center.

Julie Paré, Furman Sports Information


Furman vs Middle Tennessee

2/23/2019 at Adams Tennis Complex


Furman 5, Middle Tennessee 2

Singles competition

1. #53 Katarina Kozarov (FUR) def. Costanza Magazzini (MT) 6-2, 6-1

2. Julia Adams (FUR) def. Lidia Burrows (MT) 4-6, 7-6, 1-0(10-7)

3. Taylor Melville (FUR) def. Kim Kermet (MT) 6-3, 6-1

4. Madison Dillon (FUR) def. Zani Barnard (MT) 6-4, 6-2

5. Lee Barnard (MT) def. Carol Eliz. Kerman (FUR) 4-6, 6-4, 1-0(10-5)

6. Luisa Zirilli (MT) def. Georgie Walker (FUR) 7-5, 7-5


Doubles competition

1. Katarina Kozarov/Julia Adams (FUR) def. Zani Barnard/Costanza Magazzini (MT) 6-3

2. Luisa Zirilli/Kim Kermet (MT) def. Carol Eliz. Kerman/Taylor Melville (FUR) 6-2

3. Georgie Walker/Madison Dillon (FUR) def. Marta Peris Herrero/Lidia Burrows (MT) 6-3


Match Notes:

Furman 10-1

Middle Tennessee 3-7

Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (1,3,4,6,5,2)

Official: Ted Mason