Francis Marion tennis teams defeat Bulldogs

Francis Marion tennis teams defeat Bulldogs

FLORENCE, SC – Sophomore Lesshika Vala earned a 6-4, 6-1 win at No.6 singles to clinch a 4-3 victory for the Francis Marion University women's tennis team over Barton College, Saturday afternoon (Feb. 23) at the Dr. Eddie Floyd/Florence Tennis Center.  The Francis Marion men's squad captured a much easier 6-1 win over the Bulldogs on Saturday.

The FMU women improve to 5-1, while the Patriot men are 4-1.  Both Francis Marion squads will open Peach Belt Conference play on Tuesday when they entertain USC Aiken at 2 p.m. on the Kassab Courts.

In the women's contest, Barton registered the doubles points with wins at the No.1 and No.3 positions.  FMU's duo of sophomore Fredrika Regner and freshman Eva Zannier did win 6-2 at the No.2 slot.

However, the Patriots rallied from the 1-0 deficit to record straight-sets singles wins by sophomore Elisa Lang (6-0, 6-3) at No.3 and Zannier (6-0, 6-0) at No.4. After the Bulldogs evened the match at 2-2, Regner won 7-6 (7-4), 4-6, 6-4 at the top position and Vala earned her clinching point at No.6.

In the men's match, Francis Marion swept all three doubles matches to take a 1-0 lead.  Sophomores William Anth-Forsberg and Charles Hutchings won 6-4 at the No.1 position, while juniors Matheo Espinoza and Mauricio Guerrero won 7-6 (8-6) at No.2 and sophomore Matt Astell and freshman Brandon Sweeney were victorious 6-3 at No.3.

Anth-Forsberg upped the lead to 2-0 when he earned a 6-3, 6-1 win at No.1 singles, but Barton won at the No.2 position to pull within 2-1.  Wins by sophomore Paul Meuwissen (7-6 (7-5), 6-4) at No.3 and Espinoza (6-2, 6-4) at No.4 clinch the victory for the Patriots.  Completing singles play, Sweeney (6-2, 6-1) won at No.6 and Guerrero (6-3, 6-1) captured the No.5 singles point.


Women's Tennis Match Results
Feb 23, 2019 at Florence, SC  (Dr. Eddie Floyd/Florence Tennis Center)
Francis Marion University 4, Barton College 3
Singles competition
1. Fredrika Regner (FMU_W) def. Daria Avram (BARTON) 7-6 (7-4), 4-6, 6-4
2. Marissa Stevenson (BARTON) def. Denise Hartmann (FMU_W) 3-6, 6-4, 6-1
3. Elisa Lang (FMU_W) def. Vanessa Sanoja (BARTON) 6-0, 6-3
4. Eva Zannier (FMU_W) def. Ada Vargas (BARTON) 6-0, 6-0
5. Isabella Caballero (BARTON) def. Nikita Berger (FMU_W) 6-1, 6-4
6. Lesshika Vala (FMU_W) def. Claudia Capellades (BARTON) 6-4, 6-1
Doubles competition
1. Daria Avram/Marissa Stevenson (BARTON) def. Denise Hartmann/Elisa Lang (FMU_W) 6-3
2. Fredrika Regner/Eva Zannier (FMU_W) def. Vanessa Sanoja/Ada Vargas (BARTON) 6-2
3. Isabella Caballero/Claudia Capellades (BARTON) def. Magan Head/Lesshika Vala (FMU_W) 6-2

Match Notes:  Barton College 3-3
Francis Marion University 5-1; Regional ranking #10
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (3,4,2,1,6,5)

Men's Tennis Match Results
Feb 23, 2019 at Florence, SC (Dr. Eddie Floyd/Florence Tennis Center)
Francis Marion University 6, Barton College 1
Singles competition
1. W. Anth-Forsberg (FMU) def. Diego Agudelo (BC) 6-3, 6-1
2. Rory Gaydon (BC) def. Matt Astell (FMU) 7-5, 7-5
3. Paul Meuwissen (FMU) def. Oscar Marmestedt (BC) 7-6 (7-5), 6-4
4. Matheo Espinoza (FMU) def. Alessandro Gerbino (BC) 6-2, 6-4
5. Mauricio Guerrero (FMU) def. James Kelly (BC) 6-3, 6-1
6. Brandon Sweeney (FMU) def. Hugh Ryder (BC) 6-2, 6-1
Doubles competition
1. W. Anth-Forsberg/Charles Hutchings (FMU) def. Diego Agudelo/Oscar Marmestedt (BC) 6-4
2. Matheo Espinoza/Mauricio Guerrero (FMU) def. Rory Gaydon/James Kelly (BC) 7-6 (8-6)
3. Matt Astell/Brandon Sweeney (FMU) def. Alessandro Gerbino/Hugh Ryder (BC) 6-3

Match Notes:  Barton College 1-5
Francis Marion University 4-1
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (1,2,3,4,6,5)