FLORENCE, SC – The freshmen duo of William Anth-Forsberg and Charles Hutchings won 9-7 at No. 1 doubles for 27th-ranked Francis Marion University, but fourth-ranked and second-seeded Lander University captured a 5-1 win over the Patriots, Friday afternoon (April 20) in the quarterfinal round of the 2018 Peach Belt Conference Men's Tennis Tournament at the Dr. Eddie Floyd Florence Tennis Center.
Francis Marion concludes its season with a 7-11 record. Lander (19-2) advances to Saturday's semifinal round at 1 p.m.
Anth-Forsberg and Hutchings upset Lander's 19th-ranked duo of Alexander Regner and David Korsten in a hard-fought match. The Bearcats won the other two doubles matches by identical 8-2 counts.
Lander then earned straight-set singles victories at No.3, No.5, and No. 6. FMU sophomore Matheo Espinoza was up one set at the No.4 position when the match was clinched.
The young 2018 Patriot roster did not include any seniors and listed only one junior.
Men's Tennis Match Results
Apr 20, 2018 at Florence, SC (Dr. Eddie Floyd Florence Tennis Center)
#4 Lander University 5, #27 Francis Marion University 1
1. #35 Eirik Groner (LU) vs. W. Anth-Forsberg (FMU) 6-3, 2-3, unfinished
2. Ozan Cildir (LU) vs. Mauricio Guerrero (FMU) 6-2, 3-2, unfinished
3. Axel Cronje (LU) def. Paul Meuwissen (FMU) 6-2, 6-2
4. Alexander Regner (LU) vs. Matheo Espinoza (FMU) 6-7 (4-7), 0-1, unfinished
5. Tommaso Rossin (LU) def. Charles Hutchings (FMU) 6-2, 6-1
6. Omar El-Moslemany (LU) def. Matt Astell (FMU) 6-3, 6-2
1. W. Anth-Forsberg/Charles Hutchings (FMU) def. #19 Alexander Regner/David Korsten (LU) 9-7
2. Eirik Groner/Ozan Cildir (LU) def. Matheo Espinoza/Mauricio Guerrero (FMU) 8-2
3. Philippe Courteau/Gabriel Couto (LU) def. Matt Astell/Paul Meuwissen (FMU) 8-2
Francis Marion University 7-11; National ranking #27
Lander University 19-2; National ranking #4
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (3,5,6)
Peach Belt Conference Men's Tournament Quarterfinal Match 7
Lander #2 seed, Francis Marion #7 seed