April 7, 2014

Koelliker tabbed as Student-Athlete of the Week

After three straight-set victories at the number-one singles spot last week, women's tennis player Samantha Koelliker has been named the Francis Marion University Student-Athlete of the Week for the week ending April 7.

Koelliker, ranked No. 9 in the most recent Southeast Region singles rankings, led the 41st-ranked Patriots to three Peach Belt Conference victories against USC Aiken, 43rd-ranked GRU Augusta, and an upset of 26th-ranked Georgia College.

Koelliker opened the weekend with a 6-2, 6-2 victory against USC Aiken. She followed it up with a perfect 6-0, 6-0 victory against the Jaguars, before taking down the top Georgia College player, and No. 12 region player, 6-1, 6-2.

The freshman from Vielbringen, Switzerland, also finished 3-0 in the number two doubles spot with partner Kimberley Hurter. Koelliker is 14-1 in singles play this season and is currently riding a seven-match winning streak. She is also 10-5 in doubles competition.

Koelliker and the rest of the Patriots will return to action on Wednesday, April 9, when they host UNC Pembroke for the final home match of the season on the Kassab Courts. First serve is set for 2:30 p.m.