GREER, SC – The nationally ranked Francis Marion University men's and women's tennis teams opened their 2014 campaigns with convincing road wins over North Greenville University on Thursday (Feb. 6), while helping long-time Patriot head coach Garth Thomson reach a career milestone.
The 12th-ranked FMU women beat the Crusaders 9-0 while not dropping a set. The 17th-ranked Patriot men won 6-1 to hand Thomson his 300th career coaching win. The former Patriot All-American turned coach runs his men's record to 300-150 in this his 22nd season on the sidelines. He stands 13 wins shy of 300 on the women's side.
Junior Gavin Davison picked up a straight-sets win, 6-0 and 6-0, at No.1 singles, while Marius Wahlier and Tim Ruepke earned an 8-3 win at men's No.1 doubles.
On the women's side, junior Julia Graf ran her career singles record to 37-4 with a 6-0, 6-1 win at the No.1 singles position. Earlier, she teamed with sophomore Nora Westbye for an 8-1 victory at No.1 doubles. Their doubles squad is ranked 16th nationally in NCAA Division II.
Westbye also won at No.3 singles to run her personal singles winning streak to 12 matches, dating back to last season.
Both FMU squads will play their home openers on Saturday against Erskine College at 1 p.m. on the Kassab Courts. Admission is free.
Men's Tennis Match Results Francis Marion University vs North Greenville University Feb 06, 2014 at Greer, SC
#17 Francis Marion University 6, North Greenville University 1
Singles competition 1. Gavin Davison (FMU) def. Rafael Lenz Gonzalez (NGUMT) 6-0, 6-0 2. Sjors van Eck (NGUMT) def. Eimon Heywood (FMU) 6-1, 2-6, 6-3 3. Marius Wahlier (FMU) def. Sergio Araujo Filho (NGUMT) 7-6, 6-3 4. Tim Ruepke (FMU) def. Andres Camacho (NGUMT) 6-2, 4-6, 10-5 5. Marcelo Yshikawa (NGUMT) vs. J. Roettlingsberger (FMU) 0-6, 0-2, unfinished 6. Jonathan Stanga (NGUMT) vs. Richard Ashforth (FMU) 0-6, 1-4, unfinished Doubles competition 1. Marius Wahlier/Tim Ruepke (FMU) def. Rafael Lenz Gonzalez/Jonathan Stanga (NGUMT) 8-3 2. Gavin Davison/Richard Ashforth (FMU) def. Andres Camacho/Sergio Araujo Filho (NGUMT) 8-2 3. Eimon Heywood/J. Roettlingsberger (FMU) def. Sjors van Eck/Marcelo Yshikawa (NGUMT) 8-4
Match Notes: Francis Marion University 1-0; National ranking #17; Regional ranking #5 North Greenville University 0-1 Women's Tennis Match Results Francis Marion University vs North Greenville University 2/6/2014 at Greer, SC
#12 Francis Marion University 9, North Greenville University 0
Singles competition 1. Julia Graf (FMUW) def. Susane Lenz (NGUWT) 6-0, 6-1 2. Samantha Kolliker (FMUW) def. Maggie Elliott (NGUWT) 6-0, 6-0 3. Nora Westbye (FMUW) def. Aline Ribeiro (NGUWT) 6-0, 6-1 4. Kimberley Hurter (FMUW) def. Rebecca Beacham (NGUWT) 6-2, 6-0 5. Natalie Stirewalt (FMUW) def. Christina Keissling (NGUWT) 6-2, 6-1 6. Veronika Viegas (FMUW) def. Haley Hardwick (NGUWT) 6-2, 6-3 Doubles competition 1. #16 Nora Westbye/Julia Graf (FMUW) def. Susane Lenz/Maggie Elliott (NGUWT) 8-1 2. Samantha Kolliker/Veronika Viegas (FMUW) def. Christina Keissling/Aline Ribeiro (NGUWT) 8-4 3. Caitlin Siney/Kimberley Hurter (FMUW) def. Rebecca Beacham/Victoria Gomez (NGUWT) 8-2
Match Notes: Francis Marion University 1-0; National ranking #12; Regional ranking #3 North Greenville University 0-3