AUGUSTA, GA – A closely fought Peach Belt Conference match came down to a retirement win at No.3 singles that provided Augusta University with a clinching point in a 5-4 victory over Francis Marion University, Tuesday afternoon (Feb. 20) in men's tennis action.
FMU drops to 2-4 overall and 0-1 in the PBC, while Augusta ups its marks to 4-6 and 1-2. FMU will play at 11th-ranked Flagler College on Friday at 11 a.m., before returning home to entertain local-rival Coker College on Sunday at noon on the Kassab Courts.
Francis Marion took a 2-1 advantage after doubles play with freshmen William Anth-Forsberg and Charles Hutchings winning 9-7 at the No.1 position and sophomores Mauricio Guerrero and Matheo Espinoza claiming a 9-8 victory at the No.2 spot.
Straight-set singles wins by Anth-Forsberg at No.2 and Espinoza at No.6 gave Francis Marion a 4-3 lead. However, the Jaguars rallied for a three-set win at No.4 and then gained the No.3 singles win when the FMU player had to retire in the third set.
Men's Tennis Match Results
Feb 20, 2018 at Augusta, Ga. (Newman Tennis Center)
Augusta University 5, Francis Marion University 4
1. #10 Patrick Oliveira (AUGMT18) def. Mauricio Guerrero (FMU) 6-0, 6-3
2. W. Anth-Forsberg (FMU) def. Alan Vilaro (AUGMT18) 7-5, 6-1
3. Gaspard Mathieu (AUGMT18) def. Matt Astell (FMU) 7-6, 6-7, 2-0, retired
4. Moritz Gehlhaus (AUGMT18) def. Charles Hutchings (FMU) 1-6, 6-1, 6-2
5. Martin Hurtado (AUGMT18) def. Paul Meuwissen (FMU) 6-4, 6-0
6. Matheo Espinoza (FMU) def. Gabriel Dos Santos (AUGMT18) 6-2, 6-1
1. W. Anth-Forsberg/Charles Hutchings (FMU) def. Moritz Gehlhaus/Gabriel Dos Santos (AUGMT18) 9-7
2. Mauricio Guerrero/Matheo Espinoza (FMU) def. Alan Vilaro/Martin Hurtado (AUGMT18) 9-8
3. Patrick Oliveira/Jose Cobo (AUGMT18) def. Paul Meuwissen/Matt Astell (FMU) 8-3
Match Notes: Francis Marion University 2-4, 0-1 PBC; Regional ranking #9
Augusta University 4-6, 1-2 PBC
Order of finish | Doubles: 3, 1, 2 Singles: 5, 1, 2, 6, 4, 3