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home : sports : sports June 30, 2015

3/31/2014 8:18:00 AM
Patriots netters blow past Hurricanes

The nationally ranked Francis Marion University men’s and women’s tennis teams overcame blustery conditions on Sunday (March 30) to defeat the Georgia Southwestern State University Hurricanes by scores of 8-1 and 6-3.

The 29th-ranked FMU men improve to 6-3 overall and 3-2 in the PBC, while the 41st-ranked Patriot women move to 9-3 and 5-2.  Both Francis Marion squads will play at USC Aiken on Wednesday afternoon at 2 p.m., before returning home to host two matches next weekend.

In the men’s contest, FMU swept all three doubles matches to take a comfortable 3-0 advantage.  Among the singles wins for the Patriots, freshman Richard Ashforth remained unbeaten with a 6-2, 6-3 victory at the No.2 slot.  Ashforth, ranked 27th nationally, is 8-0 in singles action this season.

In the women’s match, the Patriots captured two of three doubles matches and then won straight-set decisions at the top four singles spots.  Freshman Samantha Koelliker did not lose a game while winning 6-0, 6-0 at No1 singles and improves to 11-1 this season.  Sophomore Nora Westbye won 6-4, 6-4 at No.3 and has won 22 of her past 23 decisions dating back to last season.

Men's Tennis Match Results

Mar 30, 2014 at Florence, SC

#29 Francis Marion University 8, Georgia Southwestern 1
Singles competition 
1. Gavin Davison (FMU) def. Valentin Demande (GSW) 6-3, 6-1
2. #27 Richard Ashforth (FMU) def. Jake Koonce (GSW) 6-2, 6-3
3. Abel Acuna (GSW) def. Tim Ruepke (FMU) 6-4, 6-2
4. Marius Wahlier (FMU) def. Stephen Moore (GSW) 7-5, 6-0
5. Eimon Heywood (FMU) def. Oliver Marshall (GSW) 6-0, 4-6, 10-4
6. J. Roettlingsberger (FMU) def. Darren Kenny (GSW) 6-0, 6-0
Doubles competition 
1. Gavin Davison/Richard Ashforth (FMU) def. Valentin Demande/Jake Koonce (GSW) 8-4
2. Tim Ruepke/Marius Wahlier (FMU) def. Stephen Moore/Oliver Marshall (GSW) 8-2
3. Luke Bateup/J. Roettlingsberger (FMU) def. Darren Kenny/Abel Acuna (GSW) 8-6

Match Notes: Georgia Southwestern 3-8, 0-6
Francis Marion University 6-3, 3-2 PBC; National ranking #29; Regional ranking #8


Women's Tennis Match Results
Mar 30, 2014 at Florence, SC

#41 Francis Marion University 6, Georgia Southwestern 3
Singles competition 
1. Samantha Koelliker (FMUW) def. Carly Cangelosi (GSW) 6-0, 6-0
2. Julia Graf (FMUW) def. Kalie Douberly (GSW) 6-4, 6-1
3. Nora Westbye (FMUW) def. Victoria Ondo (GSW) 6-4, 6-4
4. Kimberley Hurter (FMUW) def. Ginny Jones (GSW) 6-0, 6-1
5. Anna Kate Shaw (GSW) def. Veronika Viegas (FMUW) 6-3, 6-3
6. Lauren Resnick (GSW) def. Savanna Summers (FMUW) 6-2, 6-4
Doubles competition 
1. #16 Julia Graf/Nora Westbye (FMUW) def. Carly Cangelosi/Victoria Ondo (GSW) 8-5
2. Samantha Koelliker/Kimberley Hurter (FMUW) def. Sydnee Smith/Ginny Jones (GSW) 8-2
3. Kalie Douberly/Anna Kate Shaw (GSW) def. Savanna Summers/Veronika Viegas (FMUW) 8-0

Match Notes: Georgia Southwestern 5-8, 1-6 PBC
Francis Marion University 9-3, 5-2 PBC; National ranking #41; Regional ranking #7

Galloway Mosley
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