Top-15 Nighthawks defeat FMU Tennis Teams

Top-15 Nighthawks defeat FMU Tennis Teams

FLORENCE, SC – The 14th-ranked University of North Georgia men's tennis team defeated 27th-ranked Francis Marion University 6-1, Wednesday afternoon (March 3) in Peach Belt Conference action, while the 12th-ranked UNG women beat the Patriots 7-0.

The FMU men (9-7 overall, 1-5 in the PBC) and the Patriot women (12-6, 2-4) will play at Lander University on Saturday at 12:30 p.m.  Wednesday's match against the Nighthawks was Francis Marion's final regular-season home contest.

Francis Marion will again serve as the host for the PBC Tournament, April 19-21, at the Dr. Eddie Floyd/Florence Tennis Center.

In the men's match, the Nighthawks earned the doubles point with wins at positions No.1 and No.2, despite FMU freshman Brandon Sweeney and sophomore Matt Astell claiming a 6-4 victory at the No.3 spot. 

UNG clinched the match with wins at five of the six singles positions.  Sweeney accounted for FMU's point with a 6-2, 6-4 win at No.5 singles.  Astell (No.2) and juniors Mauricio Guerrero (No.4) and Henri Broeseler (No.6) all forced third sets in their singles matches before falling.  Astell's loss came at the hands of the 71st-ranked singles player (Jess Jones) in NCAA Division II.

In the women's play, North Georgia was victorious in all three doubles matches.  FMU sophomores Fredrika Regner and Elisa Lang lost a tough 6-3 decision at the top spot to the 50th-ranked duo in Division II.

Freshman Denise Hartmann dropped a hard-fought 6-0, 6-7 (7-9), 1-0 (10-6) decision to the 15th-ranked singles player (Vaishali Jorge) in Division at the No.2 position, and sophomore Lesshika Vala forced a third-set before losing the No.6 singles match.

 

Men's Tennis Match Results
Apr 03, 2019 at Florence, SC (Kassab Courts)
#14 University of North Georgia 6, #27 Francis Marion University 1
Singles competition
1. #75 Niklas Zielen (UNGM) def. W. Anth-Forsberg (FMU) 6-1, 6-2
2. #71 Jess Jones (UNGM) def. Matt Astell (FMU) 6-4, 4-6, 6-4
3. Ryan Gaskin (UNGM) def. Matheo Espinoza (FMU) 6-3, 6-1
4. Hugues Renaud (UNGM) def. Mauricio Guerrero (FMU) 7-5, 4-6, 6-3
5. Brandon Sweeney (FMU) def. Tim Kiehl (UNGM) 6-2, 6-4
6. Jared Bones (UNGM) def. Henri Broeseler (FMU) 7-5, 1-6, 1-0 (11-9)
Doubles competition
1. #33 Niklas Zielen/Jess Jones (UNGM) def. #13 W. Anth-Forsberg/Charles Hutchings (FMU) 6-2
2. Ryan Gaskin/Hugues Renaud (UNGM) def. Matheo Espinoza/Mauricio Guerrero (FMU) 6-2
3. Brandon Sweeney/Matt Astell (FMU) def. Jared Bones/Kevin Candido (UNGM) 6-4

Match Notes: University of North Georgia 14-3 , 4-1 PBC; National ranking #14
Francis Marion University 9-7 , 1-5 PBC; National ranking #27
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (1,3,2,4,5,6)
Officials: James & Brooks

Women's Tennis Match Results
Apr 03, 2019 at Florence, SC (Kassab Courts)
#12 University of North Georgia 7, Francis Marion University 0
Singles competition
1. #63 Adrienne Bofinger (UNGW) def. Fredrika Regner (FMU_W) 6-0, 6-0
2. #15 Vaishali Jorge (UNGW) def. Denise Hartmann (FMU_W) 6-0, 6-7 (7-9), 1-0 (10-6)
3. Holly Bennett (UNGW) def. Elisa Lang (FMU_W) 6-4, 6-4
4. Cibeles Zuddy (UNGW) def. Eva Zannier (FMU_W) 6-1, 6-1
5. Claudelle Labonte (UNGW) def. Nikita Berger (FMU_W) 6-1, 6-2
6. Rafaella Villanueva (UNGW) def. Lesshika Vala (FMU_W) 1-6, 6-4, 1-0 (10-6)
Doubles competition
1. #50 Holly Bennett/Vaishali Jorge (UNGW) def. Fredrika Regner/Elisa Lang (FMU_W) 6-3
2. #38 Emma Etelalahit/Adrienne Bofinger (UNGW) def. Lesshika Vala/Magan Head (FMU_W) 6-1
3. Lexa Loden/Cibeles Zuddy (UNGW) def. Eva Zannier/Denise Hartmann (FMU_W) 6-2

Match Notes: University of North Georgia 14-2 , 4-0 PBC; National ranking #12
Francis Marion University 12-6 , 2-4 PBC
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (1,4,3,2,5,6)
Officials: James & Brooks