FLORENCE, SC – The nationally ranked Francis Marion University men's and women's tennis teams were both beaten by Lander University, Saturday afternoon (March 1) in Peach Belt Conference action.
The 30th-ranked FMU women were edged 5-4, while the eighth-ranked Lander men claimed an 8-1 victory over the No.32 Patriots. Both Francis Marion squads drop to 5-2 overall and 2-1 in the conference. FMU will return to action on Sunday at 10 a.m. with a PBC match at Columbus State University.
The Patriot women fell behind 2-1 after doubles play, but captured singles wins at the top three positions, including sophomore Nora Westbye's 18th consecutive singles victory dating back to last season. The Patriots lost a narrow three-set decision at No.4 singles and fell in straight sets at No.5 and No.6.
FMU's lone win in the men's competition came at No.3 singles from freshman Richard Ashforth, who remained unbeaten this season (6-0) with a three-set win over regionally ranked Adam Jonsson.
Women's Tennis Match Results Mar 01, 2014 at Greenwood, S.C. Lander 5, #30 Francis Marion University 4
Singles competition 1. Samantha Kolliker (FMUW) def. Marion Courbis (LANDER) 6-1, 6-2 2. Julia Graf (FMUW) def. Carolina Lainez (LANDER) 6-2, 6-0 3. Nora Westbye (FMUW) def. Tiffany Vanhpraseuth (LANDER) 6-2, 2-6, 6-1 4. Ivanka Mocic (LANDER) def. Kimberley Hurter (FMUW) 4-6, 7-5, 6-3 5. Alyssa Savill (LANDER) def. Veronika Viegas (FMUW) 6-0, 6-0 6. Cayce Bradley (LANDER) def. Caitlin Siney (FMUW) 7-5, 6-3 Doubles competition 1. #16 Nora Westbye/Julia Graf (FMUW) def. Carolina Lainez/Cayce Bradley (LANDER) 8-2 2. Marion Courbis/Renata Mello (LANDER) def. Samantha Kolliker/Veronika Viegas (FMUW) 8-5 3. Tiffany Vanhpraseuth/Alyssa Savill (LANDER) def. Caitlin Siney/Kimberley Hurter (FMUW) 8-6
Match Notes: Francis Marion 5-2, 2-1; National ranking #30; Regional ranking #7 Lander 6-1, 2-1 Men's Tennis Match Results Mar 01, 2014 at Greenwood, S.C. #7 Lander 8, #32 Francis Marion University 1
Singles competition 1. #13 Vincent Verpeaux (LANDER) def. Gavin Davison (FMU) 6-3, 6-0 2. Ristomatti Lanne (LANDER) def. Tim Ruepke (FMU) 6-0, 6-2 3. Richard Ashforth (FMU) def. Adam Jonsson (LANDER) 6-4, 5-7, 10-5 4. Marc Hofer (LANDER) def. Eimon Heywood (FMU) 7-6, 7-5 5. Niklas Terhorst (LANDER) def. Marius Wahlier (FMU) 6-4, 6-3 6. Diego Zegarra (LANDER) def. J. Roettlingsberger (FMU) 6-1, 6-3 Doubles competition 1. Oscar Axelsson/Adam Jonsson (LANDER) def. Marius Wahlier/Tim Ruepke (FMU) 8-1 2. Vincent Verpeaux/Niklas Terhorst (LANDER) def. Richard Ashforth/Gavin Davison (FMU) 9-8 3. Samuel Poutignat/Marc Hofer (LANDER) def. Eimon Heywood/Luke Bateup (FMU) 8-2
Match Notes: Francis Marion 5-2, 2-1; National ranking #32; Regional ranking #8 Lander 5-2, 1-0; National ranking #7; Regional ranking #2