TIGERVILLE, SC – The Francis Marion University men's and women's tennis teams defeated North Greenville University by identical 8-1 scores on Saturday afternoon (Feb. 13).
Interestingly, both squads lost only at No.2 doubles and were both were by nearly identical 8-6 and 8-5 scores. The FMU men, ranked 48th nationally, improve to 3-1 as does the Patriot women's squad.
Both teams will open Peach Belt Conference play on Sunday, playing at nationally ranked Columbus State University at 10 a.m.
The men's singles competition saw FMU win in a tiebreaker at both the No.2 and 3 positions and in three sets at the No.4 spot. FMU's Richard Ashforth, ranked seventh in NCAA Division II singles won in straight sets 6-4, 6-3 at the top spot over regionally ranked Sjors Van Eck.
The Patriot women did not lose a set in singles play, and in fact dropped only 11 games in the six matches.
Women's Tennis Match Results Feb 13, 2016 at Tigerville, S.C. (Vance Tennis Complex) Francis Marion University 8, North Greenville University 1 Singles competition 1. Samantha Koelliker (FMU_W) def. Camille Duhan (NGU) 6-2, 6-2 2. Marie Krueger (FMU_W) def. Maria Vargas (NGU) 6-0, 6-0 3. Eva Lieben (FMU_W) def. Christina Kiessling (NGU) 6-0, 6-1 4. Sofia Henning (FMU_W) def. Kylie Sandusky (NGU) 6-3, 6-1 5. Anna Wintrich (FMU_W) def. Fernanda de Lucca (NGU) 6-0, 6-1 6. Kristel Kalm (FMU_W) def. Kelley Chapman (NGU) 6-0, 6-1 Doubles competition 1. Samantha Koelliker/Marie Krueger (FMU_W) def. Maria Vargas/Fernanda de Lucca (NGU) 8-2 2. Camille Duhan/Christina Kiessling (NGU) def. Eva Lieben/Sofia Henning (FMU_W) 8-5 3. Mona Piller/Kristel Kalm (FMU_W) def. Kylie Sandusky/Hartley Smith (NGU) 8-1 Match Notes: Francis Marion 3-1 ; North Greenville 0-1 Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (2,6,3,1,5,4) Men's Tennis Match Results Feb 13, 2016 at Tigerville, S.C. (Vance Tennis Complex) #48 Francis Marion University 8, North Greenville University 1 Singles competition 1. #7 Richard Ashforth (FMU) def. Sjors van Eck (NGU) 6-4, 6-3 2. J. Roettlingsberger (FMU) def. Sergio Araujo (NGU) 6-4, 6-7 (4-7), 10-5 3. Philipp Sluga (FMU) def. Alejandro Torre (NGU) 7-5, 4-6, 10-5 4. Robin Hoek (FMU) def. Jose Gomez (NGU) 0-6, 7-6 (7-4), 6-2 5. Raul Madrid (FMU) def. Marcelo Yshikawa (NGU) 6-2, 6-4 6. Tarass Thevenaz (FMU) def. Edmundo Torres (NGU) 6-1, 6-2 Doubles competition 1. Richard Ashforth/Robin Hoek (FMU) def. Sergio Araujo/Jose Gomez (NGU) 8-0 2. Sjors van Eck/Alejandro Torre (NGU) def. J. Roettlingsberger/Raul Madrid (FMU) 8-6 3. Tarass Thevenaz/Philipp Sluga (FMU) def. Juan Vargas/Edmundo Torres (NGU) 8-3 Match Notes: Francis Marion 3-1; National ranking #48 ; North Greenville 0-1 Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (6,1,5,4,3,2)