Women's Tennis Falls to Furman
Junior Beata Knizat
Courtesy: GoMocs.com

The Furman women’s tennis team displayed its new national collegiate ranking Thursday with a 7-0 Southern Conference victory over Chattanooga.


The 68th-ranked Paladins swept the doubles matches and allowed the Lady Mocs only five games in singles play, taking all six in straight sets.


Laura Gioia, last year’s Southern Conference Co-Player of the Year with Chattanooga’s Anastasia Zhukova, defeated the Lady Mocs’ No. 1 singles player, Lindsey Ballard, 6-0, 6-0.  Gioia broke into the ITA national rankings last week at No. 84.


Monica Arguello, Lauren Tomory and Natasa Manojlivic followed suit with 6-0, 6-0 wins at No. 2, No. 5 and No. 6 singles respectively.


Lauren Osborne was a 6-2, 6-1 winner over Chattanooga freshman Grace Robniette at No. 3, and Jessica Preeg scored a 6-2, 6-0 win over junior Beata Knizat at No. 4.


The Lady Mocs return to the court Saturday, taking on Kennesaw State in Atlanta, Ga., at 1 p.m.


No. 68 Furman 7, Chattanooga 0
Champion’s Club, Chattanooga, Tenn.

Doubles (for one team point)

1. Gioia/Manojlivic (FUR) def. Ballard/Robinette (UTC), 8-3

2. Arguello/Osborne (FUR) def. Adams/Knizat (UTC), 8-1

3. Jennifer Betts/Christina Swindall (FUR) def. Green/Kate Ksiezopoloski (UTC), 8-4



1. No. 84 Laura Gioia (FUR) def. Lindsey Ballard (UTC), 6-0, 6-0

2. Monica Arguello (FUR) def. Bonnie Adams (UTC), 6-0, 6-0

3. Lauren Osborne (FUR) def. Grace Robinette (UTC), 6-2, 6-1

4. Jessica Preeg (FUR) def. Beata Knizat (UTC), 6-2, 6-0

5. Lauren Tomory (FUR) def. Annie Green (UTC), 6-0, 6-0

6. Natasa Manojlovic (FUR) def. Arianna Sanjines (UTC), 6-0, 6-0

Team records: UTC (5-8, 1-4); Furman (8-5, 3-0)


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