GREENVILLE, S.C. -- The 41st-ranked Furman women's tennis team will put its 13-match winning streak on the line Sunday when the Paladins entertain Brown and Brenau at the Mickel Tennis Center. First serve versus Brown is set for 11 a.m. with the second match to follow at approximately 3:30 p.m.
"This weekend is a perfect test for us to close out the non-conference portion of our schedule," said Furman head coach Adam Herendeen. "Playing two tough matches is just what we need at this point in the season to make sure we are sharp for the end of the year. Brown has a very deep team and we will need to come out ready to fight from the first ball."
Furman holds a 16-1 overall record and 2-0 SoCon mark after downing Winthrop, 4-3, last Saturday. The Paladins are led by junior Katarina Kozarov, who ranks 88th nationally and holds an 11-3 record at flight one singles. Kozarov and rookie Julia Adams are ranked 40th nationally in doubles. The Paladin duo sports a 10-1 mark at flight one this season after beating the 31st-ranked team last weekend at Winthrop.
The match versus Brown will make just the third meeting between the two teams. The Bears defeated the Paladins, 5-2, in Greenville when the teams last met in 2009. Brown leads the series, 2-0. Brown defeated Memphis, 4-3, on Friday to move to 8-6 on the season. The Bears hold a four-match winning streak after defeating LIU Brooklyn, Boston University, and Stony Brook.
The Paladins will also face Brenau in just the third meeting between the two programs. Furman defeated the Golden Tigers, 7-0, last season in Greenville to take a 2-0 series lead. Brenau comes to Greenville with a 6-5 record after dropping a 5-4 decision to Savannah College of Art and Design on Friday.
Julie Paré, Furman Sports Information