FLORENCE, SC – Sixth-seeded and 27th-ranked Francis Marion University swept all three doubles matches and a pair of sophomores – Gavin Davison and Marius Wahlier – triumphed in singles action as the Patriots upset 14th-ranked and fifth-seeded Augusta State University, Saturday afternoon (April 13) in the fifth-place match at the 2013 Peach Belt Conference Men's Tennis Tournament at the Dr. Eddie Floyd Florence Tennis Center.
Francis Marion improves to 15-8 and will now wait to see if it receives an at-large bid to the NCAA Division II Tournament. The Jaguars (12-11) had beaten the Patriots 7-2 two weeks ago in Augusta.
In doubles action, the 16th-ranked duo of senior Alex Caspari and Davison won 8-4 at the No.1 position, while sophomore Eimon Heywood and freshman Arnaud Holl won 8-5 at the No. 2 spot. Wahlier and junior Tim Ruepke completed the sweep with a thrilling 9-8 victory at No. 3 doubles, which was decided by a 7-5 score in the tie-breaker.
Davidson won 7-6, (tie-breaker 7-5), 6-0 at No.2 singles, while Wahlier claimed an almost identical 7-5, 6-0 victory at the No.5 spot.
Men's Tennis Match Results – Peach Belt Tournament 5th-Place match Apr 13, 2013 at Florence, SC #27 Francis Marion 5, #14 Augusta State 1 Singles competition 1. #16 Alex Caspari (FMU) vs. Victor Cabellos (ASU) 6-7 (5-7), 1-4, unfinished 2. Gavin Davison (FMU) def. Jan Labas (ASU) 7-6 (7-5), 6-0 3. Eimon Heywood (FMU) vs. Victor Guimaraes (ASU) 5-7, 3-5, unfinished 4. Romain Brunie (ASU) def. Tim Ruepke (FMU) 6-2, 6-2 5. Marius Wahlier (FMU) def. Gustavo D'Ascenzi (ASU) 7-5, 6-0 6. Luke Bateup (FMU) vs. Gustav Anderson (ASU) 6-2, 5-2, unfinished Doubles competition 1. #16 Alex Caspari/Gavin Davison (FMU) def. #22 Victor Guimaraes/Victor Cabellos (ASU) 8-4 2. Eimon Heywood/Arnaud Holl (FMU) def. Jan Labas/Romain Brunie (ASU) 8-5 3. Tim Ruepke/Marius Wahlier (FMU) def. Maxime Coulomb/Kenneth Guy Mooney (ASU) 9-8 (7-5) Match Notes: Augusta State 12-11; National ranking #14; Regional ranking #4 Francis Marion 15-8; National ranking #27; Regional ranking #7