FLORENCE, SC – Francis Marion University captured straight-set wins at the top four singles positions and the 30th-ranked Patriots rallied to a 6-3 non-conference victory over 48th-ranked West Virginia State University, Wednesday afternoon (March 26) in women's tennis action.
Francis Marion, now 8-3, will play host to a pair of matches this weekend: Saturday against Concordia (N.Y.) College at 10 a.m. and Sunday at 11 a.m. against Georgia Southwestern State University.
WV State (12-4) won two of the three doubles matches to take an early 2-1 lead. However, FMU quickly earned singles wins at Nos. 1, 2, 3, and 4 while dropping only five games.
Freshman Samantha Koelliker (No.1), junior Julia Graf (No.2), and sophomore Nora Westbye (No.3) all improved their season singles records to 10-1. Senior Kimberley Hurter won at the No.4 position, as did senior Caitlin Siney at No.6.
#30 Francis Marion University 6, #48 West Virginia State University 3 Singles competition 1. Samantha Koelliker (FMUW) def. Brittany Franco (WVSUWTN) 6-2, 6-0 2. Julia Graf (FMUW) def. Andrea Sluscaric (WVSUWTN) 6-0, 6-1 3. Nora Westbye (FMUW) def. Diana Cotoros (WVSUWTN) 6-0, 6-1 4. Kimberley Hurter (FMUW) def. Cora Berna (WVSUWTN) 6-0, 6-1 5. Charlotte Sandy (WVSUWTN) def. Veronika Viegas (FMUW) 6-3, 6-0 6. Caitlin Siney (FMUW) def. Nadia Grlj (WVSUWTN) 6-2, 6-2 Doubles competition 1. Brittany Franco/Andrea Sluscaric (WVSUWTN) def. #16 Nora Westbye/Julia Graf (FMUW) 8-4 2. Samantha Koelliker/Kimberley Hurter (FMUW) def. Cora Berna/Nadia Grlj (WVSUWTN) 8-5 3. Charlotte Sandy/Diana Cotoros (WVSUWTN) def. Caitlin Siney/Veronika Viegas (FMUW) 9-8 (7-2)
Match Notes: West Virginia State University 12-4; National ranking #48; Regional ranking #3 Francis Marion University 8-3; National ranking #30; Regional ranking #7 Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles () T-3:30 A-30