Women's Tennis

 

Furman Opens Spring Season Saturday At UCF Invitational

Michele Stanford

GREENVILLE, S.C. -- The Furman women's tennis team will open the 2013 spring season Saturday at the UCF Invitational in Orlando, Fla.  The tournament, which runs through Monday, will feature Central Florida, Florida State, Iowa, and Furman.  Each team will compete in one doubles match and one singles match per day, with a 10 minute break following doubles.

The Paladins will face Central Florida in doubles Saturday at 10 a.m. to open the tournament.  At the completion of the doubles portion, Furman will take on Florida State in singles.  On Sunday, the Paladins will play Florida State in doubles and Iowa in singles.  The tournament will conclude on Monday, as Furman faces Iowa in doubles and Central Florida in singles.

Furman is led by senior Lauren Kline, who ranks 68th nationally among all women's tennis singles players, according to the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) preseason rankings.  Kline, a native of Prospect, Ky., was named to the All-Southern Conference second team for singles last season after notching an 8-14 overall record and 5-4 conference mark at number one singles for the Paladins.  During the 2012 fall season, Kline notched victories over Krisztina Kapitany of Purdue and Alabama's Natalia Maynetto at the Duke Fab 4 Invitational then defeated 26th-ranked Zoe DeBruycker of North Carolina, 6-4, 6-4, at the Furman Fall Classic.

The Paladins return 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 at Furman, guided the 2012 team to the semifinals of the league tournament. 

 

UCF Invitational Schedule

Sat. January 19th - 10 a.m.

Doubles- 

Furman vs. UCF 

Iowa vs. Florida State 

Singles-

Iowa vs. UCF

Florida State vs. Furman

 

Sun. January 20th - 10 a.m. 

Doubles-

Iowa vs. UCF 

Florida State vs. Furman

Singles-

UCF vs. Florida State

Furman vs. Iowa

 

Mon. January 21th - 9 a.m.

Doubles-

Florida State vs. UCF 

Iowa vs. Furman

Singles- 

Furman vs. UCF 

Iowa vs. Florida State