Eagles Close Out Last Road Series with Furman and Wofford
The Eagles enter Sunday’s contest at Furman boasting an overall record of 10-4 and a 4-1 Southern Conference ledger. Their 4-1 conference mark puts them in third place on the conference leader board. Georgia Southern safely defeated Western Carolina (March 22) 6-1 to notch its fourth SoCon match. The Eagles dropped only three sets en route to the decisive win.
This season, Georgia Southern holds a 22-8 SoCon dual match singles record and a 9-6 SoCon doubles mark. Both Shea Huxtable and Melanie Rolle remain undefeated in conference singles action, honoring 5-0 records. Huxtable enters weekend competition on a six-match win streak, while Rolle looks to keep an eight-match streak alive.
The Furman Paladins, second in the conference, are 8-6 overall and 3-0 in conference contests. The Paladins have taken their last five matches which included three conference match-ups all decided with 7-0 sweeps. Furman is coming off a sweeping of Western Carolina (March 25), proceeded by Chattanooga and Samford. The Paladins are led by Laura Gioia, the No. 12 singles player in the country, and No. 85 Monica Arguello. Furman hosts Brown on Friday before meeting Georgia Southern on Sunday.
Due to the likely chance of inclement weather in the area Saturday, both teams decided to reschedule the Wofford-Georgia Southern match from Saturday to Monday (March 30) at 10 a.m. The Terriers (2-9 overall, 1-3 in the conference) are coming off a 6-1 defeat at Davidson. Hailey Baird, competing at the six seed, recorded the Terriers’ lone singles victory and her sixth straight with a straight set win over Wildcat Alison Rauh.
The last time Georgia Southern defeated Furman dates back to the 1997-98 season when the Eagles took a 5-4 win over the Paladins in Statesboro. Last season, Furman took the match by a 6-1 margin. Wofford took a 5-2 decision in 2008 over Georgia Southern.
First serve at Furman is slated for noon on Sunday and 10 a.m. at Wofford on Monday.
- Category: Women's Tennis
- Published on Friday, 27 March 2009 00:04