Singles play decisive as Patriots defeat Jaguars

Singles play decisive as Patriots defeat Jaguars

FLORENCE, SC – The 18th-ranked Francis Marion University women's tennis team swept all six singles matches as the Patriots defeated Augusta University 8-1, Friday afternoon (March 10) in Peach Belt Conference action, while the 27th-ranked FMU men won five of six singles matches to rally from a 2-1 deficit and beat the 47th-ranked Jaguar men 6-3.

Due to winter weather forecasted for Sunday, the road match against Queens University of Charlotte has been postponed until April 15 at 1 p.m., also in Charlotte.  The Patriot women will not play again until March 24 when they travel to Clayton State University for a 2 p.m. match.  The FMU men will next play on March 31 when they host Georgia College at 2 p.m.

The Francis Marion women even their conference mark at 3-3 and improve to 7-5 overall, while the Patriots are 5-6 overall and 1-5 in the PBC.

In the men's match, seniors Richard Ashforth and Jannik Roettlingsberger won 8-6 at the No.1 doubles match, but the Patriots dropped the other contests to trail 2-1 heading to singles play.  Ashforth moved into sole possession of 11th place on the Patriots' career list for doubles wins with 43 breaking a tie with Dirk Bair (2009-12).

After Ashforth lost in three sets (6-1, 1-6, 6-3) to 12th-ranked Patrick Oliveira at the No.1 singles spot, FMU trailed 3-1.  However, the Patriots won the remaining five singles matches to pull out the come-from-behind victory.

Sophomore Tarass Thevenaz won in straight sets (6-4, 7-6 (8-6)) at No.3 and Roettlingsberger won in three sets (6-2, 2-6, 6-3) at No.2 to deadlock the match at 3-3.  Junior Raul Madrid won in a marathon match at No.4 (6-4, 5-7, 7-6 (7-3)) and freshman Harry Wells won in three sets (6-4, 4-6, 6-4) at the No.6 spot to clinch the decision.  Freshman Matheo Espinoza added a three-sets win at No.5 (6-4, 3-6, 7-5) to close out the contest.

In women's action, 21st-ranked Samantha Koelliker and Marie Krueger won easily 8-1 at the No.1 doubles position and junior Sofia Henning and sophomore Anna Wintrich captured an 8-4 decision at No.3, before Augusta won the No.2 match.

The Patriots won all six singles matches in straight sets, although freshman Theresa Hammerschlag needed a first-set tiebreaker to win 7-6 (8-6), 6-0 at the No.5 position.

Koelliker is sixth in FMU program history for both career singles (56) and doubles (61) victories.

Men's Tennis Match Results
Mar 10, 2017 at Florence, SC (Kassab Courts)
#27 Francis Marion University 6, #47 Augusta University 3
Singles competition
1. #12 Patrick Oliveira (AUGMT17) def. #18 Richard Ashforth (FMU) 6-1, 1-6, 6-3
2. J. Roettlingsberger (FMU) def. Joao Ferreira (AUGMT17) 6-2, 2-6, 6-3
3. Tarass Thevenaz (FMU) def. Gaspard Mathieu (AUGMT17) 6-4, 7-6 (7-4)
4. Raul Madrid (FMU) def. Arthur Andrade (AUGMT17) 6-4, 5-7, 7-6 (7-3)
5. Matheo Espinoza (FMU) def. Moritz Gehlhaus (AUGMT17) 6-4, 3-6, 7-5
6. Harry Wells (FMU) def. Joao Gabriel Freitas (AUGMT17) 6-4, 4-6, 6-4
Doubles competition
1. Richard Ashforth/J. Roettlingsberger (FMU) def. Joao Gabriel Freitas/Gabriel Pansera (AUGMT17) 8-6
2. Patrick Oliveira/Gabriel Dos Santos (AUGMT17) def. Raul Madrid/Tarass Thevenaz (FMU) 8-6
3. Odyr Cruz/Joao Ferreira (AUGMT17) def. Mauricio Guerrero/Matheo Espinoza (FMU) 8-2

Match Notes: Augusta University 5-7, 0-6 PBC; National ranking #47; Regional ranking #9
Francis Marion University 5-6, 1-5 PBC; National ranking #27; Regional ranking #6
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (1,3,2,4,6,5)
T-6:00 A-27

Women's Tennis Match Results
Mar 10, 2017 at Florence, SC (Kassab Courts)
#18 Francis Marion University 8, Augusta University 1
Singles competition
1. Samantha Koelliker (FMU_W) def. Merye Gobernate (AUGWT17) 6-3, 6-2
2. Marie Krueger (FMU_W) def. Alejandra G. Arranz (AUGWT17) 6-3, 6-0
3. Sofia Henning (FMU_W) def. Eva Miralles-Miro (AUGWT17) 6-2, 6-1
4. Anna Wintrich (FMU_W) def. Amelia Pinoargote (AUGWT17) 6-3, 6-0
5. Theresa Hammerschlag (FMU_W) def. Joana Barceló (AUGWT17) 7-6 (8-6), 6-0
6. Anilu Barraza Araiza (FMU_W) def. Marie Cantenot (AUGWT17) 6-4, 6-2
Doubles competition
1. #21 Samantha Koelliker/Marie Krueger (FMU_W) def. Marie Cantenot/Eva Miralles-Miro (AUGWT17) 8-1
2. Monica Gonzalez/Amelia Pinoargote (AUGWT17) def. Eva Lieben/Anilu Barraza Araiza (FMU_W) 8-5
3. Sofia Henning/Anna Wintrich (FMU_W) def. Merye Gobernate/Alejandra G. Arranz (AUGWT17) 8-4

Match Notes: Augusta University 4-8, 0-6 PBC
Francis Marion University 7-5, 3-3 PBC; National ranking #18; Regional ranking #5
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (1,4,2,3,5,6)