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Furman University Men | Women

Division:NCAA - Div. I
Location:Greenville, SC
Head Coach:Debbie Southern
Assistant Coach:Christine Johnston
Institution Type:Private
Environment:Small city
Student Population:2,500+
Top Recruiting Classes: R.V. in 2013, #14 in 2007
Top Mid-Major Classes: #4 in 2013, #12 in 2010, #9 in 2009, #2 in 2007

Conference Highlights
- 15 Southern Conference Tournament crowns, including four consecutive titles.
- Nine straight Southern Conference regular-season championships, 15 overall
- 79 straight regular-season victories over SoCon opponents; the Lady Paladins have not lost a regular-season match to a league foe since 1999.

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Post Season Highlights
- Furman earned a fourth consecutive automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament in 2007. The trip marked Furman's eighth appearance in the NCAA Tournament in the last nine years.
- The Lady Paladins' last win in the NCAA Tourney came on May 11, 2002 when Furman dropped Louisiana State, 4-1.
Individual Achievements
- 2007 seniors Bonnie Baird, Jacqueline Eckert and Lisa Bornt-Davis made up a class that never lost a match to a conference opponent during their four years.
- Sophomore Laura Gioia was touted as 2007 SoCon Player of the Year for her outstanding season as the top singles and doubles player for Furman. She was also named league Player of the Week on three occasions and TIAA-CREF Student-Athlete of the Week twice. Gioia finished the season with a team-best 21 singles victories. A Lady Paladin has now taken home the SoCon's top player award for eight consecutive seasons.
- Jacqueline Eckert earned second-team all-conference honors in both singles and doubles, and was also the recipient of the Sportsmanship Award for her respectful and gracious demeanor on the court.
- A total of seven Lady Paladins were all-league selections in 2007: Gioia, Eckert, Baird, Bornt-Davis, Natasa Manojlovic, Lauren Osborne and Lauren Tomory. Osborne was also named SoCon Tournament MVP after clinching the title for Furman.
Coaching Achievements
Head coach Debbie Southern is one of the most accomplished coaches at Furman University:
- 345 Career Wins (Winningest Women's Tennis Coach at Furman)
- 15 SoCon Tournament Titles
- 15 SoCon Regular-Season Crowns
- 11 SoCon Coach-of-the-Year Awards (including five straight)
- Member of the S.C. Tennis Hall of Fame (2004)
- Furman J. Lyles Alley Coach of the Year (1998, 2002, 2006 & 2007)
- 122 All-Conference Selections
- 99 SoCon Honor Roll Members
- 51 SoCon Singles Champions
- 21 SoCon Doubles Champions
- .935 SoCon Winning Percentage
- 79 Match Regular-Season SoCon Winning Streak
10/24 Peyton Mathiews chooses Millsaps
10/24 Travis Lau chooses North Dakota
10/24 James Spaulding chooses Johns Hopkins
10/23 Whitney Weisberg chooses Fordham
10/23 Brian Pecyna chooses Valparaiso
10/23 John Page chooses Youngstown State
10/22 Madison Hale chooses UCSD
10/22 Mckenzie Barco chooses Chattanooga
10/22 Michelle Wang chooses Cornell
10/21 Sean Halloran chooses Sewanee

Full Listings: Boys' Commits & Girls' Commits

Campus Showdowns are one-day, short-format tournaments open to juniors, college players, professionals, and adults. These events give junior players a chance to compete against college competition on a college campus.
10/25 Women's Showdown
Fairfax, VA
George Mason
Stephen Curtis
10/25 Men's Showdown
Allentown, PA
Jeff Schmitt
10/25 Coed Showdown
Claremont, CA
Steve Bickham
10/26 Women's Showdown
Sweet Briar, VA
Sweet Briar
Teresa Boylan
11/01 Men's Showdown
Santa Clara, CA
Santa Clara
Aaron Paajanen
Click here for a complete Showdown Schedule

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