FMU Women place fourth at season-opening invitational

FMU Women place fourth at season-opening invitational

FLORENCE, SC – Regionally ranked Francis Marion University lost to Palm Beach Atlantic University 4-3 and to Barton College 4-2 to place fourth at the second-annual City of Florence Women's College Tennis Invitational on Saturday (Feb. 8).

The two-day event was played at the City of Florence/Dr. Eddie Floyd Tennis Center. 

Francis Marion (1-2) will play at 11th-ranked Wingate University on Wednesday at noon.  The next home match for the Patriots will be Feb. 18 at 2 p.m. against local-rival Coker University.

In the semifinal loss to PBAU, Francis Marion claimed singles wins by freshman Gabriel Karatantcheva (6-0, 6-2) at No.4, freshman Hermon Mikael (6-3, 6-2) at No.5, and junior Lesshika Vala (6-2, 6-4) at No.6 to take a 3-2 match lead.  However, the Sailfish won at No.3 singles and then took a 7-6, 6-7, 6-1 decision at the No.1 spot to win 4-3 and advance to the tournament title match.

Later on Saturday in the third-place match, Mikael and Karatantcheva won their No.3 doubles contest, but Barton rallied to win at No.1 and No.2 to gain the doubles point.

In singles play, Patriot sophomore Eva Zannier was victorious 6-1, 6-4 at No.2 and Karatantcheva captured a 6-1, 6-1 decision at the No.4 position.

Francis Marion is ranked ninth in the most recent NCAA Division II Southeast Region poll.

 

Women's Tennis
Feb 08, 2020 at Florence, SC (COF/Dr. Eddie Floyd Tennis Center)
Palm Beach Atl. Univ. 4, Francis Marion University 3
Singles competition
1. Shelby Groeneveld (PBAW) def. Fredrika Regner (FMU_W) 6-7 (5-7), 7-6 (7-4), 6-1
2. Yuliia Russu (PBAW) def. Eva Zannier (FMU_W) 6-3, 6-2
3. Elvira Edstrom (PBAW) def. Elisa Lang (FMU_W) 6-3, 1-6, 6-3
4. G. Karatantcheva (FMU_W) def. Verena Weindl (PBAW) 6-0, 6-2
5. Hermon Mikael (FMU_W) def. Anabelle Robichaud (PBAW) 6-3, 6-2
6. Lesshika Vala (FMU_W) def. Estefani Fernandez (PBAW) 6-2, 6-4
Doubles competition
1. Shelby Groeneveld/Yuliia Russu (PBAW) def. Fredrika Regner/Elisa Lang (FMU_W) 6-4
2. Elvira Edstrom/Verena Weindl (PBAW) def. Eva Zannier/Lesshika Vala (FMU_W) 6-1
3. G. Karatantcheva/Hermon Mikael (FMU_W) vs. Anabelle Robichaud/Estefani Fernandez (PBAW) 4-5, unfinished
 
Match Notes: Palm Beach Atl. Univ. 2-0 Francis Marion University 1-1; Regional ranking #9
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1); Singles (5,4,2,6,3,1)
second-annual City of Florence College Tennis Invitational semifinals
 
Women's Tennis
Feb 08, 2020 at Florence, SC (COF/Dr. Eddie Floyd Tennis Center)
Barton College 4, Francis Marion University 2
Singles competition
1. Marissa Stevenson (BC) def. Fredrika Regner (FMU_W) 6-1, 7-5
2. Eva Zannier (FMU_W) def. Eimear Maher (BC) 6-1, 6-4
3. Isabella Caballero (BC) def. Elisa Lang (FMU_W) 6-4, 6-3
4. G. Karatantcheva (FMU_W) def. Grace McCartney (BC) 6-1, 6-1
5. Hermon Mikael (FMU_W) vs. Ada Vargas (BC) 3-6, 6-3, 0-2, unfinished
6. Claudia Capellades (BC) def. Lesshika Vala (FMU_W) 7-5, 6-2
Doubles competition
1. Marissa Stevenson/Eimear Maher (BC) def. Fredrika Regner/Elisa Lang (FMU_W) 6-3
2. Isabella Caballero/Claudia Capellades (BC) def. Eva Zannier/Lesshika Vala (FMU_W) 6-4
3. Hermon Mikael/G. Karatantcheva (FMU_W) def. Luciana Prudencio/Gabrielle Buchanan (BC) 6-2
 
Match Notes: Barton College 3-1 Francis Marion University 1-2; Regional ranking #9
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (4,3,1,2,6)
second-annual City of Florence College Tennis Invitational third-place match