Orangeburg, SC - From Francis Marion University
ORANGEBURG, SC – The 13th-ranked Francis Marion University women's tennis team defeated NCAA Division I opponent South Carolina State University 5-2 on Saturday afternoon (April10), while the 13th-ranked Patriot men dropped a 6-1 decision to the Bulldogs.
The match was scored by NCAA Division I rules with the team winning the majority of the three doubles matches gaining one point and each singles match counting as one point.
The Patriot women (14-3) won the No.1 and 2 doubles matches and then claimed the top four singles matches.
The FMU men (9-5) lost a tight 8-6 decision at No. 1 doubles and dropped the No.3 doubles contest 8-4.
The only singles victory for Francis Marion was by top-ranked and unbeaten Dilshod Sharifi 7-5, 6-3 at the No. 1 position, although three of the singles losses for the Patriots were in three sets. Sharifi runs his season mark to 13-0 and career record to 52-3.