FLORENCE, SC – Sixth-seeded and 27th-ranked Francis Marion University swept all three doubles matches and earned singles wins at the top and bottom of the ladder to claim a 5-3 victory over 30th-ranked and seventh-seeded USC Aiken, Saturday morning (April 13) in the elimination bracket of the 2013 Peach Belt Conference Men's Tennis Tournament at the Dr. Eddie Floyd Florence Tennis Center.
Francis Marion ups its record to 14-8 and will move on to meet 14th-ranked and fifth-seeded Augusta State University in the tournament's fifth-place match at 4 p.m. on Saturday afternoon.
Patriot senior Alex Caspari, playing with partner Gavin Davison, won 8-6 at No.1 doubles for his 50th career doubles win. He followed that up with a three-set win (6-4, 3-6, 7-5) at No. 1 singles for his 52nd career victory.
Sophomore Marius Wahlier captured the other Patriot point in singles with a 6-1, 6-1 victory at No.6 singles.
The FMU women are playing Columbus State in the semifinal round at noon on Saturday.
Peach Belt Conference Men's Tennis Tournament – Elimination Bracket #27 Francis Marion 5, #30 USC Aiken 3 Apr 13, 2013 at Florence, S.C. (Dr. Eddie Floyd Florence Tennis Center) Singles competition 1. #16 Alex Caspari (FMU) def. Kevin Zerath (USCA) 6-4, 3-6, 7-5 2. Gavin Davison (FMU) vs. Patrick Stiebinger (USCA) 7-5, 4-6, unfinished 3. Ettore Damiani (USCA) def. Arnaud Holl (FMU) 6-2, 6-2 4. Andy Quirk (USCA) def. Eimon Heywood (FMU) 6-1, 6-1 5. Lucas Gobbi (USCA) def. Tim Ruepke (FMU) 6-1, 6-3 6. Marius Wahlier (FMU) def. Bruno Orlandini (USCA) 6-1, 6-1 Doubles competition 1. #16 Alex Caspari/Gavin Davison (FMU) def. Patrick Stiebinger/Max Wichelhaus (USCA) 8-6 2. Eimon Heywood/Arnaud Holl (FMU) def. Andy Quirk/Bruno Orlandini (USCA) 8-3 3. Tim Ruepke/Marius Wahlier (FMU) def. Kevin Zerath/Ronan Reberac (USCA) 8-3 Match Notes USC Aiken 11-8; National ranking #30; Regional ranking #8 Francis Marion 14-8; National ranking #27; Regional ranking #7