Koelliker and Krueger earn All-PBC honors, Patriots open NCAA play

Koelliker and Krueger earn All-PBC honors, Patriots open NCAA play

Two members of the Francis Marion University women's tennis team – senior Samantha Koelliker and sophomore Marie Krueger – have been named to the 2017 Peach Belt Conference All-Conference women's tennis team.  Koelliker was named to the first-team for her singles play and the pair were selected to the second team for their doubles play for the second year in a row.

With the naming, Koelliker becomes only the 14th PBC female to gain All-Conference recognition four times, and only the second from FMU joining Annamaria Attamaniuk (1998-2001).

A native of Vielbringen, Switzerland, Koelliker previously garnered second-team singles and doubles honors in 2015 and first-team singles recognition in 2014, while Krueger was the 2016 PBC Freshman of the Year and a second-team singles selection.

This season, Koelliker owns a 15-4 singles record, playing almost exclusively at the No.1 position, and is ranked 22nd in the most recent NCAA Division II national rankings.  Her tally includes a 10-2 record against conference opponents, a 2-1 mark against nationally opponents, and a 5-1 record against regionally ranked foes.  Two of her four losses were to Division I opponents.  She has won 31 of the 42 sets she played.

The Patriots' 2017 most valuable player, she is fifth in career singles wins with a 62-21 record and tied for fourth in doubles victories with a 67-22 record. Earlier in the week, Koelliker was also named to the PBC All-Academic Team for the second consecutive year.

The duo combined for a 14-7 doubles mark at the No.1 position, including an 8-4 record in conference play.  They are ranked fifth in the latest NCAA Division II Southeast Regional rankings.

Krueger hails from Leverkusen, Germany.

The pair have helped lead FMU to a 13-8 record and a No.28 national rankings.  Francis Marion will face 22nd-ranked University of North Georgia on Monday at 1 p.m. in one of the opening matches in the 2017 NCAA Division II National Tournament.  The Patriots are seeded fourth in the Southeast Regional #1, which will be played at the John W. Walden CSU Tennis Complex in the Cooper Creek Tennis Facility in Columbus, Ga.

The winner of Monday's match will face the Columbus State University/University of Mount Olive victor on Tuesday at 1 p.m. for the right to advance to the Sweet 16 National Championships, May 10-13, in Altamonte Springs, Fla.