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Furman To Entertain USC Upstate & North Greenville Saturday

Furman To Entertain USC Upstate & North Greenville Saturday

GREENVILLE, S.C. -- The Furman men's tennis team will entertain USC Upstate at 11 am. and North Greenville at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Mickel Tennis Center.

Over the years, Furman has been very successful on its home court. Over the past 16 seasons the Paladins have lost only 31 matches on their home court, posting an impressive record of 129-31 since 2002.

The Paladins (2-3) beat Belmont, 4-3, on Saturday in Nashville.  Furman sophomore Ivan Mitric is ranked 117th nationally according to the latest 2019 Oracle/Intercollegiate Tennis Association Division I men's singles poll, which was released Wednesday by the organization.  Junior Jake Bhangdia boasts a 4-1 singles record at flight four, and sophomore Drew Singerman is 3-0 at flight five.

Saturday's match will be the sixth meeting between Furman and USC Upstate.  The Paladins, who lead the series 4-1, defeated the Spartans, 4-3, in Greenville in 2017.  USC Upstate comes to Greenville with a 1-1 record after beating Belmont Abbey, 7-0, and losing 4-3 to Queens last Saturday. 

The Paladins will square off against North Greenville in just the third meeting between the two teams.  Furman leads the series, 2-0, after defeating the Crusaders, 7-0, in Greenville last season.  North Greenville will open the spring season Friday afternoon versus Lee University.  The Crusaders posted a 1-4 record in the fall after defeating Mars Hill, 4-3.

Live video from both matches will be available at http://www.socondigitalnetwork.com/furman.

Julie Paré, Furman Sports Information