GREENVILLE, S.C. -- The 48th-ranked Furman women's tennis team will battle ETSU Saturday in a Southern Conference showdown between the league's two unbeaten teams. First serve is set for noon at the Mickel Tennis Center in Greenville, S.C. The winner will be deemed the league's regular season champion and will earn the No. 1 seed in next week's SoCon Championships.
"We are excited to host ETSU and to celebrate our senior, Katty Weymouth, in her final home match," said Furman head coach Adam Herendeen. "This match is always one of the toughest of the year, and it will be a really fun day so we hope to have a lot of fans out to support our team."
Free pizza will be available for fans, and there will be a t-shirt toss after the doubles competition. The Paladins will honor Weymouth in a special Senior Day presentation at the conclusion of the match.
Furman, which looks to extend its 19-match winning streak, enters the match at 22-1 overall and 6-0 in the SoCon after beating Chattanooga and Samford last weekend. The Paladins are led by junior Katarina Kozarov, who ranks 73rd nationally and holds a 17-3 record at flight one singles. Kozarov and rookie Julia Adams are ranked 78th nationally in doubles. The Paladin duo sports a 14-2 mark at flight one this season.
ETSU comes to Greenville with an 11-9 overall record and 6-0 mark versus league opponents after beating UNCG, 5-2, on Wednesday. Saturday's match marks the 32nd meeting between the two teams. The Paladins hold a 30-1 series advantage after defeating the Bucs twice last season. Furman won the regular season meeting, 4-3, in Johnson City, then defeated ETSU, 4-1, in the SoCon Championship match.
Live stats from Saturday's match will be available at http://furmanpaladins.com.
Julie Paré, Furman Sports Information