The Francis Marion University women's tennis team was recently honored with the Peach Belt Conference Team Sportsmanship Award for 2017.
FMU shared the women's tennis award with Georgia College.
The program presents an award following each of the conference's 15 championship seasons to the team in that sport that best exemplifies the spirit of sportsmanship and generally conducts themselves with a high degree of integrity, character and class. The team award is selected by other teams who compete in that sport. Points are awarded based on how each team finished in the voting and in June, the institution with the highest totals will receive the 'PBC Institution of the Year Sportsmanship Award.'
The league's Senior Woman Administrators oversee the program.
Francis Marion finish its 2017 season with a 14-9 record and is ranked 28th in the most recent ITA national poll. After earning an at-large bid to the NCAA Division II national tournament, the Patriots made their ninth appearance in a regional final over the past 11 seasons.
Coached by FMU alumnus Garth Thomson, the squad included seniors Samantha Koelliker and Eva Lieben; junior Sofia Henning; sophomores Anilu Barraza Araiza, Kristel Kalm, Marie Krueger, and Anna Wintrich; and freshmen Theresa Hammerschlag and Magan Head.
Founded in 1991, the Peach Belt consists of 14 member institutions in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida and Alabama. In its short history, the conference boasts 36 NCAA Division II national championships.