FMU’s Sharifi named PBC tennis Player of the Week

Dilshod Sharifi (Source: Francis Marion University)
Dilshod Sharifi (Source: Francis Marion University)

Florence, SC - From Francis Marion University

FLORENCE, SC – Francis Marion University junior Dilshod Sharifi has been selected as the Peach Belt Conference men's tennis "Player of the Week" for the week of March 1-7.

Sharifi, a native of Dushanbe, Tajikistan, posted a 3-0 mark in singles and a 2-1 doubles record during that period.

Playing in the No. 1 singles position, he beat the eighth-ranked singles player in the country, from fourth-ranked Lynn University, while also earning victories over the top players from nationally ranked Georgia College & State University and Tusculum College.

Sharifi and Oshada Wijemanne teamed in doubles to beat a Top 20 doubles team from GCSU.  Sharifi and Mickey Poirier teamed to beat the top squad from Tusculum, while he and Wijemanne dropped a close 8-6 decision to the No. 1 doubles duo from Lynn.

For the season, Sharifi owns a 7-0 record in singles and is ranked 17th in NCAA Division II.  He also possesses a 7-1 doubles mark and he and Wijemanne are ranked No. 2 nationally.

He has helped lead Francis Marion to a 6-2 record and a No.15 national ranking.

Both the FMU men's and women's tennis teams will host a pair of Peach Belt Conference matches this weekend.  The Patriots will entertain Georgia Southwestern State University on Saturday at 11 a.m. and Columbus State University on Sunday at 11 a.m.