Patriot Women blank Big Blues 9-0, FMU Men drop 5-4 nail biter

Patriot Women blank Big Blues 9-0, FMU Men drop 5-4 nail biter

SUMTER, SC – The Francis Marion University women's tennis team dropped only four games en route to a 9-0 non-conference win over a short-handed Bluefield State College squad, while the FMU men dropped a narrow 5-4 decision to a Bluefield State team that is ranked No.1 in the NCAA Division II Atlantic Region.  The matches were played at the Palmetto Tennis Center in Sumter.

The FMU women improve to 7-5, while the Patriot men drop to 6-7.  Francis Marion was to have played at Wingate University on Saturday, but those matches have been postponed because of the threat of rain. The women will host West Virginia State University on March 25 at 11 a.m., while the men's next match is at Georgia College on March 30 at 1 p.m.

In the women's match, FMU gained two quick points by default at No.3 doubles and No.6 singles.  The Patriots claimed the other two doubles matches by 8-0 decisions and won all five singles matches in straight sets.

In men's play, Francis Marion claimed two of the three doubles matches with sophomores Matheo Espinoza and Mauricio Guerrero winning 8-4 at the No.2 position and freshman Matt Astell and Paul Meuwissen earning an 8-5 victory at No. 3.

The Big Blues (4-4) then won four of the first five singles matches to capture the win.  FMU received singles victories from freshman William Anth-Forsberg at No.1 (2-6, 7-6 (7-4), 10-5) and freshman Charles Hutchings at No. 6 (6-1, 7-5).

Women's Tennis Match Results
Mar 09, 2018 at Sumter, SC (Palmetto Tennis Center)
Francis Marion University 9, Bluefield State College 0
Singles competition
1. #37 Marie Krueger (FMU_W) def. Sophie Bygrave (BLUE) 6-1, 6-1
2. Sofia Henning (FMU_W) def. Milica Knezevic (BLUE) 6-2, 6-0
3. Anna Wintrich (FMU_W) def. Milica Kmjaja (BLUE) 6-0, 6-0
4. Elisa Lang (FMU_W) def. Katie Combs (BLUE) 6-0, 6-0
5. Magan Head (FMU_W) def. Kelsi Browning (BLUE) 6-0, 6-0
6. Lesshika Vala (FMU_W) def. No player (BLUE), by default
Doubles competition
1. Sofia Henning/Anna Wintrich (FMU_W) def. Sophie Bygrave/Milica Kmjaja (BLUE) 8-0
2. Marie Krueger/Lesshika Vala (FMU_W) def. Milica Knezevic/Kelsi Browning (BLUE) 8-0
3. Elisa Lang/Magan Head (FMU_W) def. No player/No player (BLUE), by default

Match Notes: Bluefield State College 0-12
Francis Marion University 7-5; Regional ranking #3
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (6,4,5,1,3,2)


Men's Tennis Match Results
Mar 09, 2018 at Sumter, SC (Palmetto Tennis Center)
Bluefield State College 5, Francis Marion University 4
Singles competition
1. W. Anth-Forsberg (FMU) def. Alex Rudenco (BLUE) 2-6, 7-6 (7-4), 10-5
2. Arthur Figuiere (BLUE) def. Mauricio Guerrero (FMU) 6-2, 7-6 (7-4)
3. Giorgi Datashvili (BLUE) def. Paul Meuwissen (FMU) 6-4, 6-3
4. Ignacio Pulido (BLUE) def. Matt Astell (FMU) 6-2, 6-0
5. Tom Schmieta (BLUE) def. Matheo Espinoza (FMU) 7-5, 6-3
6. Charles Hutchings (FMU) def. Luke Busse (BLUE) 6-1, 7-5
Doubles competition
1. Alex Rudenco/Luke Busse (BLUE) def. W. Anth-Forsberg/Charles Hutchings (FMU) 8-6
2. Matheo Espinoza/Mauricio Guerrero (FMU) def. Ignacio Pulido/Tom Schmieta (BLUE) 8-4
3. Matt Astell/Paul Meuwissen (FMU) def. Giorgi Datashvili/Arthur Figuiere (BLUE) 8-5

Match Notes: Bluefield State College 4-4; Regional ranking #1
Francis Marion University 6-7; Regional ranking #9
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (4,6,5,2,3,1)