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April 16, 2024 4:40 pm

UMO secures win over FMU, advances to semifinals

FLORENCE, S.C. – Following an opening round bye, the No. 3 seeded Trojans rolled past Francis Marion April 21 by a 4-1 margin in the quarterfinals of the Conference Carolinas Championship, hosted at the Dr. Eddie Floyd Florence Tennis Center in South Carolina.

With the win, the University of Mount Olive women’s tennis program improved to 12-11 overall while winning the previous five meetings against the Patriots. The Trojans advanced to the semifinals of the league tournament and will face No. 2 seed Lees-McRae for a spot in the championship match. Meanwhile, Francis Marion closed the season with a 10-11 mark and advanced to the quarterfinals after defeating Emmanuel by a score of 4-3 in the first round.

In doubles action, the Trojans captured victories in the first and second positions to record the point, while the third slot went unfinished. At No. 1 doubles, senior Liza Voloshyna and junior Nele Weber posted a 6-4 victory over Chelsea Seidewitz and Julie Martincova. Senior Ingrid Montserrat and freshman Oriana Izarra defeated Gabriel Karatantcheva and Kim Venghaus by a score of 6-3, while the third doubles went unfinished with UMO leading by a 5-4 margin.

Mount Olive registered wins in three of the four completed singles matches. Voloshyna suffered a 6-2, 6-4 loss to Martincova in the second slot before freshman Laura Servien answered with a 6-1, 6-1 victory in the fifth position. Weber put UMO ahead following a straight-sets win by a 7-5, 6-1 score against Sophia Hansen. Izarra clinched the match after registering a 6-1, 6-4 victory over Venghaus. Two singles matches were left unfinished after UMO secured the 4-1 win.

— From University of Mount Olive Athletics