GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Furman blanked Western Carolina, 7-0, to open the Southern Conference season Thursday at the Mickel Tennis Center in Greenville, S.C. With the win, Furman improves to 11-1 overall and 1-0 in league play and extends its winning streak to eight matches, while the Catamounts fall to 2-5, 0-1.
The Paladins swept the singles and doubles matches for the victory. Junior Katarina Kozarov and freshman Julia Adams teamed up for a 6-3 advantage over Jordan Strickland and Savannah Taranto at flight one doubles, and senior Katty Weymouth and freshman Madison Dillon defeated Jacy Smith and Julia Pezzuco, 6-1, at flight two. Sophomore Carol Elizabeth Kerman and rookie Taylor Melville topped Lauren McCall and Carli Deehr, 6-0, at number three.
In singles action, Kozarov downed Strickland, 6-3, 6-2, at number one, and Adams blew past Smith, 6-1, 6-1, at flight two. In the number three contest, Melville held off McCall, 6-4, 6-0, then at flight five, Dillon beat Taranto, 6-0, 6-2. Kerman recorded a 6-2, 6-1 victory versus Alexa Webb at number five, and sophomore Georgie Walker came in at flight six to beat Pezzuco, 6-0, 6-2, at number six.
"We challenged our girls to come ready and to focus through matches, and they did an excellent job," said Furman head coach Adam Herendeen. "This is a great way to start SoCon play and to kick start our trip to Florida."
The Paladins (11-1, 1-0 SoCon) will travel to Florida for the team's Spring Break trip next week. On Wednesday, Furman will play at Florida Gulf Coast at 10 a.m. then square off against Valparaiso at 3 p.m. The team will conclude the trip with a neutral match versus Iowa on Saturday at 10 a.m.
Julie Paré, Furman Sports Information
Furman 7, Western Carolina 0
Feb 28, 2019 at Greenville, S.C. (Mickel Tennis Center)
1. Katarina Kozarov (FUR) def. Jordan Strickland (WCU) 6-3, 6-2
2. Julia Adams (FUR) def. Jacy Smith (WCU) 6-1, 6-1
3. Taylor Melville (FUR) def. Lauren McCall (WCU) 6-4, 6-0
4. Madison Dillon (FUR) def. Savannah Taranto (WCU) 6-0, 6-2
5. Carol Eliz. Kerman (FUR) def. Alexa Webb (WCU) 6-2, 6-1
6. Georgie Walker (FUR) def. Julia Pezzuco (WCU) 6-0, 6-2
3. Carol Eliz. Kerman/Taylor Melville (FUR) def. Lauren McCall/Carli Deehr (WCU) 6-0
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (2,4,3,1,5,6)