Patriot earns PBC tennis Player of the Week award

Dilshod Sharifi (Source: FMU)
Dilshod Sharifi (Source: FMU)

Florence, SC - From Francis Marion University

FLORENCE, SC – For the second time this month, Francis Marion University junior Dilshod Sharifi has been selected as the Peach Belt Conference men's tennis "Player of the Week," this time for the week of March 22-28.

The Patriots played only once last week, but the Dushanbe, Tajikistan native posted two impressive wins.

In singles play, Sharifi won at the No. 1 position. He rallied to beat Flagler College's David Cotrone, the sixth-ranked player in NCAA Division II, 3-6, 7-5, 6-4. Both players entered the match unbeaten in singles play this season.

Sharifi and Oshada Wijemanne teamed in doubles to beat Flagler's No. 1 duo 8-4. For the season, Sharifi owns a 10-0 record in singles and is ranked 17th in NCAA Division II. He is the only No. 1 player in the PBC with an unblemished mark. He also possesses a 9-2 doubles mark and he and Wijemanne are ranked No. 2 nationally.

He has helped lead Francis Marion to an 8-3 record and a No.15 national ranking.

Both the FMU men's and women's tennis teams will play a pair of road Peach Belt Conference matches this week. The Patriots visit Augusta State University on Friday at 2 p.m. and USC Aiken on Saturday at 10 a.m.