Written by Darcy Waskiewicz, Sports Editor
Now at the halfway point of the spring season, the Furman men’s and women’s tennis team are soaring. The men’s team is coming off a dominant win against University of Richmond, while the women are swinging strong while on a seven-game winning streak. With the Southern Conference Championship in April rapidly approaching, both teams look to continue their success.
After their six-game winning streak was snapped with a 3-4 loss to Charlotte on Feb. 16, the Paladins bounced back the next game, and defeated University of Richmond 6-1 at home. The 21st nationally ranked duo of Jake Bhangdia and Jake Munns led the charge in doubles competition, and the Paladins finished with a complete sweep of the Spiders in that event. Furman also dominated in singles competition, winning five of their six matches. Jake Munns was also named SoCon men’s tennis player of the week for competition from the week of Feb. 2-8 following the Paladin’s six game winning streak.
The women’s team are not planning on slowing down anytime soon. The 39th Ranked Paladins extended their winning streak to seven with a 4-3 win over Liberty University on Feb. 22. Most recently, the Paladins defeated Virginia Commonwealth University 6-1. The Paladins claimed five of their six singles competitions, with 13th nationally ranked Katarina Kozarov leading the charge. In doubles competition, the 21st ranked pair of Kozarov and Julia Adams won their doubles competition, as well as Madison Dillons and Danni Vines.
The Paladins have a week off before resuming play on Friday, Feb. 28 when they play University of Tennessee at 3 p.m. before battling University of Tennessee at Chattanooga later that night at 7 p.m.