Patriot men rally past #17 Nighthawks 5-4, FMU Women fall 6-3

Patriot men rally past #17 Nighthawks 5-4, FMU Women fall 6-3

FLORENCE, SC – The Francis Marion University men's tennis team rallied with wins at the No.5 and No.6 singles position to grab a 5-4 upset win over 17th-ranked and previously unbeaten University of North Georgia, Saturday afternoon (March 3) in Peach Belt Conference tennis action.  The FMU women dropped a 6-3 decision to UNG.

The Francis Marion men improve to 5-6 overall and 1-3 in conference play, while the Patriot women drop to 6-4 overall and 1-3 in the PBC.  Both squads will play host to Young Harris College on Sunday at 11 a.m. in the final of a three-match home stand over the weekend.

In the men's match, FMU took two of three doubles matches with sophomores Mauricio Guerrero and Matheo Espinoza winning 8-5 at the No.2 spot and freshmen Matt Astell and Paul Meuwissen earning a hard-fought 9-8 (7-4 tiebreaker) decision at the No.3 position.

In singles play, North Georgia rallied to take a 4-3 edge before Espinoza (6-4, 6-4) and freshman Charles Hutchings (6-2, 6-1) earned straight-set victories in the final two matches.

In women's action, the Nighthawks took all three doubles matches by scores of 8-4, 8-6, 9-8 (7-5 tiebreaker).

FMU junior and nationally 37th-ranked Marie Krueger won 6-4, 6-0 at the No.1 position, junior Anna Wintrich won 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 at No.4, and sophomore Magan Head won 7-6 (10-8), 6-0 at No.5.

 

Men's Tennis Match Results
Mar 03, 2018 at Florence, SC (Kassab Court)
Francis Marion University 5, #17 University of North Georgia 4
Singles competition
1. Niklas Zielen (UNGM) def. W. Anth-Forsberg (FMU) 6-1, 6-3
2. Ryan Gaskin (UNGM) def. Mauricio Guerrero (FMU) 6-2, 6-4
3. Paul Meuwissen (FMU) def. Tim Kiehl (UNGM) 6-2, 6-3
4. Mark Laishley (UNGM) def. Matt Astell (FMU) 6-4, 4-6, 7-5
5. Matheo Espinoza (FMU) def. Zack Waldow (UNGM) 6-4, 6-4
6. Charles Hutchings (FMU) def. Jared Bones (UNGM) 6-2, 6-1
Doubles competition
1. Niklas Zielen/Ryan Gaskin (UNGM) def. W. Anth-Forsberg/Charles Hutchings (FMU) 8-4
2. Mauricio Guerrero/Matheo Espinoza (FMU) def. Tim Kiehl/Jared Bones (UNGM) 8-5
3. Matt Astell/Paul Meuwissen (FMU) def. Zack Waldow/Kevin Candido (UNGM) 9-8 (7-4)

Match Notes: University of North Georgia 5-1 , 1-1 PBC; National ranking #17; Regional ranking #4
Francis Marion University 5-6 , 1-3 PBC; Regional ranking #9
Order of finish: Doubles (); Singles (,5,6)

 

Women's Tennis Match Results
Mar 03, 2018 at Florence, SC (Kassab Courts)
Univ. of North Georgia 6, Francis Marion University 3
Singles competition
1. #37 Marie Krueger (FMU_W) def. #41 Felicia Baratta (UNGW) 6-4, 6-0
2. Adrienne Bofinger (UNGW) def. Sofia Henning (FMU_W) 6-4, 6-1
3. Holly Bennett (UNGW) def. Elisa Lang (FMU_W) 6-2, 6-4
4. Anna Wintrich (FMU_W) def. Vaishali Jorge (UNGW) 4-6, 6-3, 6-3
5. Magan Head (FMU_W) def. Cibeles Zuddy (UNGW) 7-6 (10-8), 6-0
6. Judith Barios (UNGW) def. Lesshika Vala (FMU_W) 7-5, 6-3
Doubles competition
1. Holly Bennett/Vaishali Jorge (UNGW) def. #13 Marie Krueger/Elisa Lang (FMU_W) 8-4
2. Felicia Baratta/Adrienne Bofinger (UNGW) def. Sofia Henning/Anna Wintrich (FMU_W) 8-6
3. Judith Barios/Cibeles Zuddy (UNGW) def. Magan Head/Lesshika Vala (FMU_W) 9-8 (7-5)

Match Notes: Univ. of North Georgia 6-1 , 2-0 PBC; Regional ranking #4
Francis Marion University 6-4 , 1-3 PBC; Regional ranking #3