26th Annual Furman Fall Classic To Feature Eight Women's Tennis Teams
GREENVILLE, S.C. -- The 26th annual Furman Fall Classic women's tennis tournament will be held this weekend at the Mickel Tennis Center on the campus of Furman University in Greenville, S.C. The tournament will feature eight teams, in a flighted competition (i.e. no team winner, just individual flight champions for singles and doubles).
Seven teams competing in the tournament were ranked in the top 40 in the 2012 final ITA Collegiate Tennis rankings: North Carolina (8th), Alabama (11th), Tennessee (24th), Clemson (25th), Vanderbilt (28th), South Carolina (31st), and Florida State (40th). The eight-team field also includes 12 singles players and six doubles teams ranked in the preseason ITA Collegiate Tennis rankings.
Doubles play will begin at 9 a.m. on Friday, followed by singles action at 1 p.m. Play will continue on Saturday and Sunday, beginning at 9 a.m. each day.
Furman returns eight players from last season's team that posted a 14-10 overall record and an 8-2 mark in Southern Conference play. Head coach Debbie Southern, who is in her 29th season with the Paladins, guided the 2012 team to the semifinals of the league tournament.
Senior Lauren Kline and junior Amanda Murray return after being named to the All-Southern Conference second team last season. Sophomore Alex Moreno-Kaste represented the Paladins on the league's all-freshman team.