FLORENCE, SC – Both of the nationally ranked Francis Marion University men's and women's tennis teams opened Peach Belt Conference play on Saturday (Feb. 22) with impressive 7-2 victories over the University of North Georgia.
The 12th-ranked Patriot women improve to 4-1 overall as do the 17th-ranked FMU men.
Both teams took commanding 3-0 leads after doubles play. The top three women's singles players – Samantha Kolliker, Julia Gray, and Nora Westbye – all remained unbeaten (5-0) this season with straight-set wins. Westbye runs her personal winning streak to 16 straight matches.
On the men's side, freshman Richard Ashforth and Jannik Roettlingsberger both stay unbeaten in singles play with their fourth straight victories. The North Georgia men entered the match unbeaten at 5-0.
Francis Marion will return to the court on Sunday morning at 11 a.m. when the men and women entertain Young Harris College.
Match Notes: University of North Georgia 5-1, 0-1 Francis Marion University 4-1, 1-0; National ranking #17; Regional ranking #5
Women's Tennis Match Results Feb 22, 2014 at Florence, SC #12 Francis Marion University 7, University of North Georgia 2 Singles competition 1. Samantha Kolliker (FMUW) def. Cameron Williams (UNG) 6-4, 7-5 2. Julia Graf (FMUW) def. Natalia Escobar (UNG) 6-3, 6-1 3. Nora Westbye (FMUW) def. Mathilde Baartvedt (UNG) 6-3, 6-1 4. Kimberley Hurter (FMUW) def. Adalyn Hazelman (UNG) 6-1, 6-0 5. Nela Handac (UNG) def. Veronika Viegas (FMUW) 6-2, 6-4 6. Mallory Kolts (UNG) def. Caitlin Siney (FMUW) 6-4, 7-5 Doubles competition 1. #16 Julia Graf/Nora Westbye (FMU) d. Cameron Williams/Adalyn Hazelman (NG) 8-3 2. Samantha Kolliker/Veronika Viegas (FMUW) def. Natalia Escobar/Mathilde Baartvedt (UNG) 9-8 (8-6) 3. Caitlin Siney/Kimberley Hurter (FMU) d. Audrey Marlette/Nela Handac (UNG) 8-2
Match Notes: University of North Georgia 4-2, 0-1 Francis Marion University 4-1 , 1-0; National ranking #12; Regional ranking #3