Fourth-ranked Cougars defeat FMU Women 5-1

Fourth-ranked Cougars defeat FMU Women 5-1

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.

Three FMU seniors finished their careers in the Top-15 among the program's all-time singles wins list: Sofia Henning (10th with 52), Krueger (tied for 12th with 42), and Anna Wintrich (14th with 40).


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
Singles competition
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
Doubles competition
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