Patriot netters rally past Yellow Jackets 4-3

Patriot netters rally past Yellow Jackets 4-3

FLORENCE, SC – Freshman Eva Zannier rallied for a three-sets win at the No.4 singles position to give Francis Marion University a 4-3 come-from-behind victory over West Virginia State University, Sunday afternoon (March 17) in women's tennis action.

FMU improves to 10-4 with the win.  Both the Patriot men's and women's teams will play a pair of Peach Belt Conference matches in the Peach State this coming weekend: at Augusta University on Saturday at noon and at Georgia College on Sunday at noon.

The next home matches for Francis Marion will be March 30 at 11 a.m. against Young Harris College.

Sophomores Fredrika Regner and Elisa Lang won the No.1 doubles match 6-3, but the Yellow Jackets captured the other doubles contests to earn a 1-0 lead.

Lang tied the match at 1-1 with a 6-1, 6-2 victory at No.3 singles, but W.V. State took a 2-1 advantage with a win at the top spot.   Sophomore Lesshika Vala was victorious 6-4, 6-3 at No.6 singles to again deadlock the match at 2-2.

W.V. State captured the No.2 match, before sophomore Nikita Berger won 6-4, 2-6, 6-0 at No.5 singles before Zannier won at the No.4 position.  She had set points in the opening set before falling 7-6 (9-7 in a tiebreaker), but rallied to win the next two sets 6-3 and 6-1.

Women's Tennis Match Results
Mar 17, 2019 at Florence, SC (Kassab Courts)
Francis Marion University 4, West Virginia State Univ. 3
Singles competition
1. Kierstin Hensley (WVSU) def. Fredrika Regner (FMU_W) 6-3, 6-1
2. Laura Isbey (WVSU) def. Denise Hartmann (FMU_W) 6-1, 3-6, 6-3
3. Elisa Lang (FMU_W) def. Hanna Kruhlova (WVSU) 6-1, 6-2
4. Eva Zannier (FMU_W) def. Chante' Malo (WVSU) 6-7 (7-9), 6-3, 6-1
5. Nikita Berger (FMU_W) def. Nika Tadic (WVSU) 6-4, 2-6, 6-0
6. Lesshika Vala (FMU_W) def. Sydney Miller (WVSU) 6-4, 6-3
Doubles competition
1. Fredrika Regner/Elisa Lang (FMU_W) def. Kierstin Hensley/Chante' Malo (WVSU) 6-3
2. Sydney Miller/Hanna Kruhlova (WVSU) def. Lesshika Vala/Nikita Berger (FMU_W) 6-4
3. Laura Isbey/Nika Tadic (WVSU) def. Magan Head/Denise Hartmann (FMU_W) 6-4

Match Notes:  West Virginia State Univ. 6-2; Regional ranking #2
Francis Marion University 10-4; Regional ranking #10
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (3,1,6,2,5,4)