The 2017 Peach Belt Conference Men's and Women's Tennis Tournaments will be held Friday through Sunday (April 21-23) at the Dr. Eddie Floyd Florence Tennis Center. Admission to the three-day event is free. This is the fifth consecutive year, Francis Marion University has served as the host institution.
The four women's quarterfinal matches will be played on Friday (April 21) at 9 a.m., followed by the four men's quarterfinal matches at 1 p.m.
The women's semifinal matches and the two elimination matches (Friday's losers) will start at 9 a.m. on Saturday morning (April 22), followed at 1 p.m. by the men's semifinal matches and two elimination matches.
The women's championship match, third-place match, and fifth-place match are set for Sunday morning (April 23) at 9 a.m., with the men's championship, third-place, and fifth-place matches at 1 p.m.
The 37th-ranked Francis Marion women's team is 12-7 and seeded No.5. The Patriots will face fourth-seeded and 36th-ranked University of North Georgia (19-5) on Friday at 9 a.m. FMU dropped a narrow 5-4 decision to the Nighthawks on March 4 in Dahlonega, Ga., in their regular-season meeting.
The Patriot women's probable singles line-up consists of senior Samantha Koelliker (15-4) at No.1, senior Eva Lieben (8-6) at No.2, sophomore Marie Krueger (11-7) at No.3, junior Sofia Henning (15-4) at No.4, sophomore Anna Wintrich (12-7) at No.5, and freshman Theresa Hammerschlag (9-2) at No.6. The doubles pairings will be Krueger and Koelliker (14-5) at No.1, Lieben and sophomore Anilu Barraza Araiza (3-4) at No.2, and Henning and Wintrich (4-4) at No.3.
Both the Columbus State University men's and women's teams claimed the top seeds, including the women who wrapped up conference play unbeaten at 12-0. On both the men's and women's draws, seven of the eight teams are ranked in the latest ITA Top 40 national polls, and Armstrong State University is the two-time defending national champion.
Altogether, the Peach Belt has produced 11 men's NCAA Division II national champions and 10 women's national champions since the conference was organized in 1992.
2017 Peach Belt Conference Men's and Women's Tennis Tournaments
Friday, April 21 9 am - Match 1 Women's Quarterfinal #1 Columbus State vs. #8 USC Aiken 9 am - Match 2 Women's Quarterfinal #4 North Georgia vs. #5 Francis Marion 9 am - Match 3 Women's Quarterfinal #3 Flagler vs. #6 Young Harris 9 am - Match 4 Women's Quarterfinal #2 Armstrong State vs. #7 Georgia College 1 pm - Match 5 Men's Quarterfinal #1 Columbus State vs. #8 Young Harris
1 pm - Match 6 Men's Quarterfinal #4 North Georgia vs. #5 Flagler 1 pm - Match 7 Men's Quarterfinal #3 Lander vs. #6 USC Aiken 1 pm - Match 8 Men's Quarterfinal #2 Armstrong State vs. #7 Georgia College Saturday, April 22 9 am - Match 9 Women's Semifinal Match 1 vs Match 2 winners 9 am - Match 10 Women's Semifinal Match 3 vs Match 4 winners 9 am - Match 13 W. Elimination Bracket Match 1 vs Match 2 losers 9 am - Match 14 W. Elimination Bracket Match 3 vs Match 4 losers 1 pm - Match 11 Men's Semifinal Match 5 vs Match 6 winners 1 pm - Match 12 Men's Semifinal Match 7 vs Match 8 winners 1 pm - Match 15 M. Elimination Bracket Match 5 vs Match 6 losers 1 pm - Match 16 M. Elimination Bracket Match 7 vs Match 8 losers Sunday, April 23 9 am - Match 17 Women's 5th-Place Match 13 vs. Match 14 winners 9 am - Match 19 Women's 3rd-Place Match 9 vs. Match 10 losers 9 am - Match 21 Women's Championship Match 9 vs. Match 10 winners 1 pm - Match 18 Men's 5th-Place Match 15 vs. Match 16 winners 1 pm - Match 20 Men's 3rd-Place Match 11 vs. Match 12 losers 1 pm - Match 22 Men's Championship Match 11 vs. Match 12 winners