FLORENCE, SC – The Francis Marion University men's tennis team opened its 2019 campaign with a 4-0 blanking of Barton College in the opening round of the second-annual City of Florence College Tennis Invitational Tournament, hosted on Friday (Feb. 8) at the Dr. Eddie Floyd/Florence Tennis Center.
The Patriots (1-0) advance to play 11th-ranked Wingate University (a 4-0 winner over Augusta University) in a semifinal match on Saturday morning at 9 a.m. The finals and third-place matches will be played later Saturday at 2 p.m. Admission to the two-day event is free.
Under new NCAA Division II scoring guidelines, double play constitutes only one point. Juniors Mauricio Guerrero and Matheo Espinoza earned a 6-4 victory at No.2 doubles, while sophomore Matt Astell and freshman Brandon Sweeney captured a 6-2 victory at No.3 doubles to stake FMU to an early 1-0 advantage.
Junior Henri Broeseler upped the margin to 2-0 when he claimed a 6-2, 6-3 win at No.6 singles, and sophomore Charles Hutchings won 6-4, 6-2 at No.3 and Astell won 6-4, 6-3 at No.2 almost simultaneously to clinch the match win for the Patriots.
Francis Marion was also leading in two of three unfinished singles matches. The young Patriot squad does not have any seniors on its 2019 roster.
Men's Tennis Match Results
Feb 08, 2019 at Florence, SC
(Dr. Eddie Floyd/Florence Tennis Center)
Francis Marion University 4, Barton College 0
1. William Anth-Forsberg (FMU) vs. Diego Agudelo (BC) 6-3, 6-6, unfinished
2. Matt Astell (FMU) def. Rory Gaydon (BC) 6-4, 6-3
3. Charles Hutchings (FMU) def. Oscar Marmestedt (BC) 6-4, 6-2
4. Mauricio Guerrero (FMU) vs. Alessandro Gerbino (BC) 4-6, 6-2, 1-0, unfinished
5. Paul Meuwissen (FMU) vs. James Kelly (BC) 3-6, 5-3, unfinished
6. Henri Broeseler (FMU) def. Hugh Ryder (BC) 6-2, 6-3
1. W. Anth-Forsberg/Charles Hutchings (FMU) vs. Diego Agudelo/Oscar Marmestedt (BC) 4-4, unfinished
2. Mauricio Guerrero/Matheo Espinoza (FMU) def. Rory Gaydon/James Kelly (BC) 6-4
3. Matt Astell/Brandon Sweeney (FMU) def. Alessandro Gerbino/Hugh Ryder (BC) 6-2
Match Notes: Barton College 0-2
Francis Marion University 1-0
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (6,3,2)
City of Florence College Tennis Invitational