GREENVILLE, S.C. -- The Furman women's tennis team will open the fall season September 15-17 at the Duke Bonk Invitational in Durham, N.C., and the USC Upstate Fall Invitational in Spartanburg, S.C.
Senior Aryn Greene, junior Katty Weymouth, and sophomores Katarina Kozarov and Danni Vines will represent the Paladins at the Duke Bonk, while junior Gabby Rodriguez, sophomores Hannah Ferrett and Anna Walter, plus rookies Carol Elizabeth Kerman and Georgie Walker will compete at USC Upstate.
"This weekend is a perfect way for us to kick off our fall season," said Furman head coach Adam Herendeen, the 2016 & 2017 SoCon Coach of the Year. "We have all our girls competing and are looking forward to a big challenge and some quality matches. It will be great preparation for next weekend, when we host some of the top teams in the country for the Debbie Southern Fall Classic."
The Duke Bonk tournament will begin at 9 a.m. each day. Friday's play will feature two rounds of doubles followed by one round of singles. Doubles will conclude on Saturday morning, and the second round of singles will begin Saturday at 12:30 p.m. The tournament will conclude with one round of singles on Sunday.
Play will begin at noon Friday with two rounds of doubles at the USC Upstate Fall Invitational. One round of singles will follow, and Saturday's action will begin at 10 a.m. with doubles and will continue with two rounds of singles. The tournament will conclude on Sunday. Furman will be joined in the tournament by USC Upstate, Gardner-Webb, Georgia Southern and Queens.
Admission to both events is free.
The Paladins return seven players from last season's team that posted a 23-6 overall record and won the SoCon regular season championship for the second-consecutive season with a perfect 7-0 mark in league play. Furman, who won the SoCon tournament title and went on to compete at the NCAA Championships, swept the SoCon post-season awards for the second-straight year. Vines, the 2017 Souther Conference Freshman of the Year, and Weymouth, who won the award the previous year, are ranked 55th nationally in the ITA preseason doubles poll.
Furman will return home to face 10 teams, including three of the nation's top 5 teams, next weekend at the Debbie Southern Fall Classic in Greenville.
Julie Paré, Furman Sports Information