Francis Marion women upset Bobcats, Men lose

FLORENCE, SC – Three-set wins by junior Julia Graf and sophomore Nora Westbye at the No.2 and No.3 singles positions helped lift 41st-ranked Francis Marion University to a 5-3 upset of 26th-ranked Georgia College, while the 29th-ranked FMU men lost a 5-3 decision to 21st-ranked Georgia College, Sunday afternoon (April 6) in Peach Belt Conference action.

Both FMU squads celebrated Senior Day prior to the match, honoring Tim Ruepke, Kimberley Hurter, and Caitlin Siney.

The women's match was a battle for fourth place in the PBC standings.  FMU improves to 12-3 overall and 8-2 in the PBC, while the Bobcat women fall to 13-5 and 6-3.

Freshman Samantha Koelliker and Hurter rallied at No.2 doubles to capture an 8-6 decision and help Francis Marion to a 2-1 advantage after doubles play.  Koelliker won a quick 6-1, 6-2 victory at No.1 singles before Graf won 6-2, 4-6, 6-1 at No.2 and Westbye claimed a 6-4, 4-6, 6-1 victory at No.3 singles.

The Patriot men (7-5, 4-4) trailed 2-1 after doubles play despite FMU junior Gavin Davison and freshman Richard Ashforth upsetting the 16th-ranked doubles duo of Yannick Hass and Alex Schubert 8-2 at the No.1 spot.  

FMU got singles wins from Ashforth (ranked 27th in NCAA II) at the No.2 position and junior Marius Wahlier at No.3 but could not complete the comeback.  Ashford's three-set win 5-7, 6-1, 7-6 (7-3) allowed him to keep his singles season record unbeaten at 11-0.

The Patriot women will play host to UNC Pembroke on Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. before both FMU squads conclude their regular-season schedules with a road trip to Armstrong Atlantic State University on April 12 and Flagler College on April 13.

 

 

Women's Tennis Match Results
Apr 06, 2014 at Florence, SC
#41 Francis Marion University 5, #26 Georgia College 3

 

Singles competition
1. Samantha Koelliker (FMUW) def. Macy Polk (GC-W) 6-1, 6-2
2. Julia Graf (FMUW) def. Camille Clausse-Pujo (GC-W) 6-2, 4-6, 6-1
3. Nora Westbye (FMUW) def. Ivana Marevic (GC-W) 6-4, 4-6, 6-1
4. Cristalei Polk (GC-W) def. Kimberley Hurter (FMUW) 6-3, 6-0
5. Hannah Serdinia (GC-W) def. Veronika Viegas (FMUW) 6-1, 6-0
6. Caitlin Siney (FMUW) vs. Katie Krupp (GC-W) 4-6, 0-2, unfinished
Doubles competition
1. #16 Julia Graf/Nora Westbye (FMUW) def. Ivana Marevic/Camille Clausse-Pujo (GC-W) 8-5
2. Samantha Koelliker/Kimberley Hurter (FMUW) def. Hannah Serdinia/Macy Polk (GC-W) 8-6
3. Katie Krupp/Cristalei Polk (GC-W) def. Savanna Summers/Veronika Viegas (FMUW) 8-3

 

Match Notes:  Georgia College 13-5, 6-3 PBC; National ranking #26; Regional ranking #4
Francis Marion University 12-3, 8-2 PBC; National ranking #41; Regional ranking #7
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Men's Tennis Match Results
Apr 06, 2014 at Florence, SC
#21 Georgia College 5, #29 Francis Marion University 3

 

Singles competition
1. #33 Yannick Hass (GC-M) def. Gavin Davison (FMU) 6-1, 6-2
2. #27 Richard Ashforth (FMU) def. Alex Schubert (GC-M) 5-7, 6-1, 7-6 (7-3)
3. Marius Wahlier (FMU) def. Anton Waern (GC-M) 6-3, 7-6 (7-5)
4. Mattia Campus (GC-M) def. Tim Ruepke (FMU) 4-6, 6-3, 6-3
5. J. Roettlingsberger (FMU) vs. Taylor Powell (GC-M) 6-7 (4-7), 3-0, unfinished
6. Kyle Kinsler (GC-M) def. Luke Bateup (FMU) 6-2, 6-2
Doubles competition
1. Gavin Davison/Richard Ashforth (FMU) def. #16 Yannick Hass/Alex Schubert (GC-M) 8-2
2. Taylor Powell/Anton Waern (GC-M) def. Tim Ruepke/Marius Wahlier (FMU) 8-6
3. Kyle Kinsler/Mattia Campus (GC-M) def. Luke Bateup/J. Roettlingsberger (FMU) 8-0

 

Match Notes: Georgia College 11-4, 4-2 PBC; National ranking #21; Regional ranking #5
Francis Marion University 7-5, 4-4 PBC; National ranking #29; Regional ranking #8
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                                              Siney, Ruepke, Thomson, Hurter