FMU women's tennis earns PBC Team Sportsmanship Award

Florence, SC - From Francis Marion University:

FLORENCE, SC – The Peach Belt Conference has announced that for the second straight year the Francis Marion University women's tennis team has been named a recipient of the PBC Team Sportsmanship Award, this time for the 2010 season.

The awards program, which includes honoring one team from each of the league's 12 championship sports, will also recognize one institution with the "Institution of the Year Sportsmanship Award" at the end of the 2009-2010 year.

FMU was the recipient of the inaugural "Institution of the Year Sportsmanship Award" in 2009.

The program presents an award following each championship season to the team in that sport that best exemplifies the spirit of sportsmanship and generally conducts themselves with a high degree of integrity, character and class. The team award is selected by other teams who compete in that sport.

Under the guidance of long-time head coach Garth Thomson, the Francis Marion women posted a 17-6 record, reached the semifinals of the PBC Tournament, advanced to the finals of the NCAA Southeast Regional Tournament, and were ranked 13th in the final ITA national poll.  All six of the losses were to teams ranked 11th or higher, including three losses to the nation's No. 1-ranked team (and eventual national champion).  The Patriots made their fifth consecutive trip to the NCAA Tournament, and the 10th in the past 16 years.

Earlier this school year, the FMU men's soccer also won a PBC Team Sportsmanship Award.