GREENVILLE, S.C. -- The Furman women's tennis team will travel to Conway, S.C., Friday to square off at Coastal Carolina at 10 a.m., before returning home to entertain Liberty and South Carolina State at the Mickel Tennis Center on Sunday. The Paladins will face the Flames at 11 a.m. then play the Bulldogs at approximately 4 p.m.
"This weekend will be a great test for our team physically and mentally," said Furman head coach Adam Herendeen. "We play three very well-coached teams who all have plans of making the NCAA tournament, and we are excited for the challenge."
Furman enters the weekend with a 5-1 record after defeating USC Upstate, 7-0, in Spartanburg on Wednesday. The Paladins are led by junior Katarina Kozarov, who ranks 33rd nationally and holds a 5-0 record at flight one singles.
Friday's match marks the sixth meeting between the Paladins and the Chanticleers. Furman won last year's meeting, 6-1, in Greenville to take a 5-0 lead in the series. Coastal Carolina holds a 1-1 record after losing to Cambell, 4-3, in January then beating UNC Greensboro, 4-3, last weekend.
Furman and Liberty have only squared off once, with the Paladins coming away with a 4-3 victory in Greenville in 2017 to give Herendeen his 100th career victory. The Flames enter the weekend with a 2-1 record and hold 7-0 victories over both UNC Greensboro and Navy. Liberty will play ETSU in Bristol, Tenn., Saturday at 10 a.m. on the way to Greenville.
The Paladins lead the all-time series with South Carolina State, 3-0. The teams last met in 1986, when Furman defeated the Bulldogs, 8-1, in Greenville under the previous college tennis scoring system. South Carolina State is 2-0 after beating UNC Wilmington, 4-2, in January and notching a 4-3 victory over Radford on Wednesday. The Bulldogs will play at Coastal Carolina Friday afternoon following the Chanticleers' match with the Paladins.
Julie Paré, Furman Sports Information