FLORENCE, SC – Despite a straight-sets win at No.1 singles by senior Marie Krueger, Francis Marion University lost to fourth-ranked and top-seeded Columbus State University 5-1, Friday morning (April 20) in the quarterfinals of the Peach Belt Conference Women's Tennis Tournament at the Dr. Eddie Floyd Florence Tennis Center.
Francis Marion ends its season with a 9-9 mark, while the 20-2 Cougars advance to Saturday morning's semifinals at 9 a.m. The men's semifinals are set for 1 p.m. on Saturday. Admission is free.
Columbus State captured the three doubles matches by scores of 8-1, 8-4, and 8-0.
Krueger quickly brought the Patriots to within 3-1 with a 6-1, 6-0 win at the top singles spot. However, CSU earned straight-set wins at positions No.5 and No. 6 to clinch the match.
Women's Tennis Match Results
Apr 20, 2018 at Florence, SC (Dr. Eddie Floyd Florence Tennis Center)
#4 Columbus State University 5, Francis Marion University 1
1. Marie Krueger (FMU_W) def. #64 Noa Davico (CSU-W) 6-1, 6-0
2. Giorgia Vitale (CSU-W) vs. Sofia Henning (FMU_W) 6-2, 2-1, unfinished
3. #62 Candice Paya (CSU-W) vs. Anna Wintrich (FMU_W) 6-3, 3-1, unfinished
4. Marleen Tilgner (CSU-W) vs. Lesshika Vala (FMU_W) 7-6 (7-4), 2-2, unfinished
5. Luise Sachs (CSU-W) def. Magan Head (FMU_W) 6-4, 6-1
6. Natalia Kattah Paz (CSU-W) def. Elisa Lang (FMU_W) 6-4, 6-2
1. #29 Candice Paya/Natalia Kattah Paz (CSU-W) def. Marie Krueger/Elisa Lang (FMU_W) 8-1
2. Noa Davico/Beatriz Lopez (CSU-W) def. Sofia Henning/Anna Wintrich (FMU_W) 8-4
3. Marleen Tilgner/Giorgia Vitale (CSU-W) def. Magan Head/Lesshika Vala (FMU_W) 8-0
Match Notes: Francis Marion University 9-9
Columbus State University 20-2; National ranking #4
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (1,5,6)
Peach Belt Conference Women's Tournament Quarterfinal Match 1
Columbus State #1 seed, Francis Marion #8 seed