ST. AUGUSTINE, FL – Both the nationally ranked Francis Marion University men's and women's tennis squads concluded their regular-season schedules with road losses to Flagler College, Sunday afternoon (April 13) in Peach Belt Conference action. The 41st-ranked FMU women lost to the 24th-ranked Flagler women 6-3, while the 29th-ranked Patriot men fell to 42nd-ranked Flagler 5-3.
The Patriot women end the regular season 13-5 overall and 9-4 in the PBC, and will enter next week's Peach Belt Tournament as the fourth seed. The FMU men (7-7, 4-6) will be the seventh seed in the men's conference tournament.
For the second year in a row, Francis Marion will serve as host for the PBC Tournament at the Dr. Eddie Floyd Tennis Center. Play will begin on Thursday (April 17) and continue through Saturday (April 19).
In Sunday's women's match, Francis Marion led 2-1 after doubles play, but Flagler won five of the six singles matches, including tough three-set decisions at No.2 and No.4. Only freshman Samantha Koelliker picked up a singles win for the Patriots as she cruised to a 6-0, 6-3 victory at the No.1 position.
Flagler won two of the three doubles matches, although every match was tightly contested. Freshmen Richard Ashforth and Jannik Roettlingsberger picked up singles points for FMU with wins at the No.2 and No.4 spots.
Men's Tennis Match Results Apr 13, 2014 at St. Augustine, Fla.
#42 Flagler 5, #29 Francis Marion 3 Singles competition 1. #24 Jose Martinez (FLG) def. Gavin Davison (FMU) 7-5, 7-5 2. #27 Richard Ashforth (FMU) def. Inigo Landaluce (FLG) 6-1, 6-3 3. Hermann Gertmann (FLG) def. Marius Wahlier (FMU) 6-4, 6-7 (4-7), 7-6 (8-6) 4. J. Roettlingsberger (FMU) def. Brant Switzler (FLG) 6-1, 6-3 5. David Espinosa (FLG) vs. Tim Ruepke (FMU) 5-7, 6-3, 1-1, unfinished 6. Emilio Preis (FLG) def. Eimon Heywood (FMU) 6-0, 6-1 Doubles competition 1. Gavin Davison/Richard Ashforth (FMU) def. Jose Martinez/Inigo Landaluce (FLG) 9-8 (7-5) 2. Hermann Gertmann/Brant Switzler (FLG) def. Tim Ruepke/Marius Wahlier (FMU) 9-8 (7-4) 3. Uriel Oquendo/David Espinosa (FLG) def. J. Roettlingsberger/Eimon Heywood (FMU) 8-6
Match Notes: Francis Marion 7-7, 4-6 PBC; National ranking #29; Regional ranking #8 Flagler 7-15, 4-6 PBC; National ranking #42
Women's Tennis Match Results Apr 13, 2014 at St. Augustine, Fla.
#24 Flagler 6, #41 Francis Marion 3 Singles competition 1. Samantha Koelliker (FMUW) def. Esther Santiago (FLG) 6-0, 6-3 2. Kelly Stewart (FLG) def. Julia Graf (FMUW) 4-6, 6-0, 6-2 3. Hanna Goettsching (FLG) def. Nora Westbye (FMUW) 7-6 (7-5), 6-2 4. Thaisa Pereira (FLG) def. Kimberley Hurter (FMUW) 5-7, 6-1, 6-0 5. Krista Ingrilli (FLG) def. Veronika Viegas (FMUW) 6-3, 6-2 6. Anika Cohen (FLG) def. Caitlin Siney (FMUW) 6-4, 3-2, retired Doubles competition 1. #16 Nora Westbye/Julia Graf (FMUW) def. Hanna Goettsching/Esther Santiago (FLG) 8-5 2. Samantha Koelliker/Kimberley Hurter (FMUW) def. Thaisa Pereira/Anika Cohen (FLG) 8-4 3. Krista Ingrilli/Kelly Stewart (FLG) def. Caitlin Siney/Veronika Viegas (FMUW) 8-2
Match Notes: Francis Marion 13-5, 9-4 PBC; National ranking #41; Regional ranking #7 Flagler 15-3, 11-2 PBC; National ranking #24; Regional ranking #3