Both the Francis Marion University men's and women's tennis teams have earned All-Academic Team recognition from the Intercollegiate Tennis Association. This is the fourth consecutive year the Patriot Women have garnered this award, and the third time in four years for the FMU Men.
The 2017 list of honorees includes 47 Division II men's programs, including three from the Peach Belt Conference and five from the Palmetto State, and 88 Division II women's programs, including five from the PBC and five from the state of South Carolina.
To earn the award, a program must have a cumulative team grade point average of 3.20 or above (on a 4.00 scale). The Patriot women ended the year with a 3.5587 GPA, while the men compiled a 3.236 GPA.
In all, 720 teams across all five divisions of college tennis were honored.
On the court, the Francis Marion women ended the season with a 14-9 record and a No.23 national ranking. The team tied for fourth during the PBC regular season and made the program's ninth appearance in an NCAA Division II national tournament regional final over the past 11 years. FMU has appeared in the final national poll 11 times over the past 12 years. The team also earned the 2017 PBC Team Sportsmanship Award for women's tennis.
The Patriot Men concluded their year with a 7-9 record and a No.38 national ranking – the 22nd consecutive year the Patriots have appeared in the final poll. FMU tied for seventh place during the PBC regular season.
The women's roster consisted of 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.
The men's roster included seniors Richard Ashforth, Raul Madrid, and Jannik Roettlingsberger; sophomores Tarass Thevenaz and Harry Wells; and freshmen Henri Broeseler, Matheo Espinoza, and Mauricio Guerrero.
Head coach Garth Thomson has guided both Francis Marion men's and women's tennis programs for the past 25 years.
Earlier this month, the FMU golf team also earned a national team academic award for 2016-17.