Patriot Tennis Teams fall to USCA

Patriot Tennis Teams fall to USCA

FLORENCE, SC – The Francis Marion University women's tennis team dropped a hard-fought 5-2 decision to unbeaten USC Aiken on Tuesday (Feb. 26), while the Patriot men's squad lost to the 25th-ranked Pacer men 6-1 as both teams opened Peach Belt Conference play.

The FMU women fall to 5-2 overall and 0-1 in the Peach Belt, while the men drop to 4-2 and 0-1.  Both Patriot teams will play host to Wingate University on Friday at 2 p.m. on the Kassab Courts.

USCA claimed the doubles point in the women's match and led 3-0 before FMU freshman Denise Hartmann took a 3-6, 6-3, 6-1 victory at No.2 singles.  Freshman Eva Zannier looked to further close the gap at No.4 singles when she had match point in the second set.  However, her Pacer opponent claimed the point – which was on a no-ad point – following a marathon 90-shot rally and went on to capture the clinching point with a 4-6, 7-5, 6-0 win.

Patriot freshman Nikita Berger accounted for the other FMU point with a 6-4, 2-6, 12-10 win at No.5 singles.

In doubles action, sophomore Fredrika Regner and Zannier won 6-4 at the top spot, but it came after Pacer wins at the No.2 and No.3 positions.

In the men's match, USCA again earned the doubles point with three close victories.

Junior Mauricio Guerrero provided the lone Francis Marion point with a come-from-behind 2-6, 7-5, 10-5 win at No.5 singles.

 

Women's Tennis Match Results
Feb 26, 2019 at Florence, SC  (Kassab Courts)
USC Aiken 5, Francis Marion University 2
Singles competition
1. Elena Bompieri (USCA) def. Fredrika Regner (FMU_W) 6-4, 7-6 (7-4)
2. Denise Hartmann (FMU_W) def. Teresa Franco Dias (USCA) 3-6, 6-3, 6-1
3. Karina Blas (USCA) def. Elisa Lang (FMU_W) 6-4, 6-3
4. Edith Croda (USCA) def. Eva Zannier (FMU_W) 4-6, 7-5, 6-0
5. Nikita Berger (FMU_W) def. Rebekka Heigermoser (USCA) 6-4, 2-6, 1-0 (12-10)
6. Alice Neves (USCA) def. Lesshika Vala (FMU_W) 3-6, 6-3, 6-3
Doubles competition
1. Fredrika Regner/Eva Zannier (FMU_W) def. Elena Bompieri/Teresa Franco Dias (USCA) 6-4
2. Alice Neves/Victoria Giannaccini (USCA) def. Denise Hartmann/Elisa Lang (FMU_W) 6-4
3. Karina Blas/Edith Croda (USCA) def. Magan Head/Lesshika Vala (FMU_W) 6-1
 
Match Notes:  USC Aiken 6-0 , 1-0 PBC
Francis Marion University 5-2 , 0-1 PBC; Regional ranking #10
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (3,1,2,4,6,5)
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Men's Tennis Match Results
Feb 26, 2019 at Florence, SC (Kassab Courts)
#19 USC Aiken 6, Francis Marion University 1
Singles competition
1. Tales Silva (USCA) def. W. Anth-Forsberg (FMU) 6-4, 6-2
2. Salvador Bandeira (USCA) def. Paul Meuwissen (FMU) 6-1, 6-4
3. Antonio Sabugueiro (USCA) def. Matt Astell (FMU) 6-0, 6-4
4. Vicente Andrades (USCA) def. Matheo Espinoza (FMU) 6-2, 6-1
5. Mauricio Guerrero (FMU) def. Alex Sklizovic (USCA) 2-6, 7-5, 1-0 (10-5)
6. Francesco Satta (USCA) def. Brandon Sweeney (FMU) 3-6, 7-6 (7-2), 1-0 (10-8)
Doubles competition
1. Salvador Bandeira/Antonio Sabugueiro (USCA) def. W. Anth-Forsberg/Charles Hutchings (FMU) 6-4
2. Vicente Andrades/Tales Silva (USCA) def. Matheo Espinoza/Mauricio Guerrero (FMU) 7-6 (7-4)
3. Francesco Satta/Alex Sklizovic (USCA) def. Matt Astell/Brandon Sweeney (FMU) 6-3
 
Match Notes:  USC Aiken 5-0 , 1-0 PBC; National ranking #19; Regional ranking #5
Francis Marion University 4-2 , 0-1 PBC
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (3,1,4,2,5,6)