Patriot tennis set for final weekend home matches

Florence, S.C. (April 4, 2014) – The Francis Marion University nationally ranked tennis teams will be back in action this weekend (April 5-6) with a pair of Peach Belt Conference matches at the Kassab Courts.

The 29th-ranked men's team (7-3, 4-2 PBC) and the 41st-ranked women's team (10-3, 6-2) will host GRU Augusta on Saturday at 11 a.m., and Georgia College on Sunday at 11 a.m.

Sunday's contest is the final home match of the season for the men's team, and senior Tim Ruepke will be honored prior to the opening serve. The Breman, Germany native is a two-time PBC All-Academic Team selection. Ruepke owns a 34-27 career doubles mark, in addition to 20 career singles victories.

Sunday will also be Senior Day for the women's team as Kimberley Hurter and Caitlin Siney will be honored prior to the start of their match. Both are four-year letterwinners. Hurter, a Cape Town, South Africa native, ranks among the program's top 10 in career wins for both singles (53-22 record) and doubles (49-17). Siney, a Harare, Zimbabwe native, is 24-23 all-time in doubles play, and owns 16 career singles victories.

On the men's side, the Patriots will feature 27th-ranked Richard Ashforth, who is 9-0 in singles play this season. Junior Gavin Davison is 6-4 this season at the top singles position, while freshman Jannik Roettlingsberger is 5-3, playing primarily in the fifth spot. On the doubles side, Ruepke and junior Marius Wahlier are 8-2 this season, playing primarily in the top spot.

GRU Augusta's men enter Saturday's match ranked 23rd nationally and own a 15-5 overall record and a 5-3 mark in PBC play. Georgia College's men are 10-4 overall and 3-2 in conference action, and are ranked 21st nationally.  

On the women's side, freshman Samantha Koelliker is 12-1 playing primarily in the top singles spot. Junior Julia Graf owns an 11-2 record primarily in the second position, and sophomore Nora Westbye is 12-1 in the third sport. In doubles play, Graf and Westbye are ranked 16th nationally and own a 10-3 record in the top spot.

GRU Augusta's women are ranked 43rd nationally with an 11-8 overall record and a 5-6 mark in conference play. Georgia College's women are 12-4 overall and 5-2 in PBC matches, while holding the 26th national ranking.

Following this weekend's action, the Patriot women will wrap-up the home portion of their schedule on Wednesday, April 9, against UNC Pembroke at 2:30 p.m. Both squads will conclude their regular-season schedules at Armstrong Atlantic State University and Flagler College next Saturday and Sunday, respectively.

FMU and the Dr. Eddie Floyd Tennis Center will serve as hosts for the PBC Championships on April 17-19.