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Furman To Open SoCon Season Saturday At The Citadel

Furman Head Coach Kelly Jones
Furman Head Coach Kelly Jones

GREENVILLE, S.C. -- The Furman men's tennis team will open the 2019 Southern Conference season Saturday when the Paladins travel to Charleston to take on The Citadel at 1 p.m.  

Furman (4-3) is riding a three-match winning streak.  The Paladins defeated Belmont, 4-3, in Belmont on February 2 then added 7-0 wins over USC Upstate and North Greenville last Saturday.  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 last Wednesday by the organization.  Junior Jake Bhangdia boasts a 6-1 singles record, and sophomore Drew Singerman is 5-0.

At 54 matches, the Furman-Citadel rivalry marks the most contests versus any opponent in program history.  The Paladins lead the series, 52-2, after taking a 6-1 win over the Bulldogs in Greenville last year.  The Citadel enters the weekend at 4-10.  The Bulldogs were idle last weekend after defeating Carson-Newman, 6-1, and losing to Tennessee, 7-0, on February 3. 

Furman will square off against former SoCon foe Davidson on Sunday at 1 p.m. in the 48th meeting between the two teams.  The teams last met in 2014, when the Paladins defeated the Wildcats, 6-1, in Davidson to take a 40-7 series lead.  The Wildcats are 4-2 after beating Gardner-Webb, 4-3, on Tuesday.

Julie Paré, Furman Sports Information