FLORENCE, SC – Francis Marion University freshman Elisa Lang captured a three-set, come-from-behind win in the final match of the day to rally the Patriots to a 5-4 win over USC Aiken, Sunday afternoon (April 8) in Peach Belt Conference women's tennis action.
Lang defeated Alice Neves 6-7 (5-7), 6-3, 6-3 at No.6 singles to break a 4-4 deadlock and hand FMU a win in its final regular-season match. The Patriots end the regular season at 9-8 overall and 3-6 in the PBC.
Francis Marion will host the Peach Belt Tournament, April 20-22, at the Dr. Eddie Floyd Florence Tennis Center.
The Patriots trailed 2-1 after doubles play with senior Marie Krueger and Lang earning an 8-1 victory at the No.2 position.
USCA (10-8, 3-5) quickly won at No.4 singles to up its lead to 3-1, but senior Anna Wintrich won 6-3, 6-2 at the No.3 position, Krueger won 6-2, 6-4 at No.1, and senior Sofia Henning was victorious 7-5, 3-6, 7-6 (7-3)
at the No.3 spot to give FMU a 4-3 advantage.
Wintrich, Krueger, and Henning were all honored prior to first serve as part of Senior Day festivities. For Krueger it was her 41th career singles win in only three years as a Patriot, while in doubles she recorded her 50th career win. Henning earned her 52nd singles win and Wintrich her 40th singles victory.
The Pacers then knotted the match with a win at No.5 singles setting the stage for Lang's win that ended the match.
Women's Tennis Match Results
Apr 08, 2018 at Florence, SC (Kassab Courts)
Francis Marion University 5, USC Aiken 4
1. Marie Krueger (FMU_W) def. Olivera Veskovac (USCA) 6-2, 6-4
2. Sofia Henning (FMU_W) def. Elena Bompieri (USCA) 7-5, 3-6, 7-6 (7-3)
3. Anna Wintrich (FMU_W) def. Kayla Calvert (USCA) 6-3, 6-2
4. Victoria Giannaccini (USCA) def. Lesshika Vala (FMU_W) 6-1, 6-3
5. Karina Blas (USCA) def. Magan Head (FMU_W) 6-4, 0-6, 6-4
6. Elisa Lang (FMU_W) def. Alice Neves (USCA) 6-7 (5-7), 6-3, 6-3
1. Olivera Veskovac/Teresa Franco Dias (USCA) def. Sofia Henning/Anna Wintrich (FMU_W) 8-4
2. Marie Krueger/Elisa Lang (FMU_W) def. Kayla Calvert/Victoria Giannaccini (USCA) 8-1
3. Alice Neves/Elena Bompieri (USCA) def. Magan Head/Lesshika Vala (FMU_W) 8-4
Match Notes: USC Aiken 10-8 , 3-5
Francis Marion University 9-8 , 3-6; Regional ranking #3
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (4,3,1,2,5,6)