FMU’s Ashforth named 4-time All-PBC selection

FMU’s Ashforth named 4-time All-PBC selection

Francis Marion University men's tennis senior Richard Ashforth has been named to the 2017 Peach Belt Conference All-Conference Team for his singles play, thus distinguishing him as only the 11th Peach Belt men's player to earn All-Conference honors each of his four years.  The announcement was made at the recent PBC Championship Tournament banquet in Florence.

Ashforth earns first-team honors for his singles play for the third consecutive year, after garnering second-team recognition in 2014, the same year he was tabbed as the PBC Freshman of the Year.

A native of Durban, South Africa, Ashforth compiled a 12-4 singles mark playing almost exclusively at the No. 1 position, and is ranked 24th nationally among NCAA Division II singles players.  He posted a 7-3 mark in conference play, and was 4-2 against nationally ranked opponents and 5-3 against regionally ranked foes.

Ashford won 22 of the 37 sets he played this season.

He also registered an 8-8 doubles mark.

The Francis Marion men ended the 2017 season with a 7-9 record.

Ashforth ended his decorated career as a Patriot tied for seventh on the program's career singles wins list with a 54-17 record and 11th on the doubles victories list with a 46-30 record.  His singles winning percentage (.761) ranks fifth all-time in program history.

He joins Mark Bube (2000-03) as the only Patriots to gain All-Conference honors four times.

     Richard Ashforth