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Patriot tennis players named to All-PBC squads

FLORENCE, SC – Four Francis Marion University tennis players were named to the Peach Belt Conference 2010 All-Conference Teams. The announcements were made at the recent PBC Championship Tournaments in Jonesboro, Ga.

Junior Dilshod Sharifi was named to the first-team All-PBC men’s singles squad, while junior Oshada Wijemanne was a second-team selection. Sharifi and Wijemanne received second-team All-PBC doubles honors. Both earn All-Conference recognition for the second straight year.

Senior Tereza Sykorova was named a first-team All-PBC women’s singles player for the third consecutive year, while junior Sabina Baberadova was a second-team choice. The two were also named as a first-team doubles All-Conference selection.

Sharifi, a native of Dushanbe, Tajikistan, is 14-1 in singles play and ranked first in NCAA Division II among singles players. He is 8-1 in the extremely tough PBC, 3-1 against nationally ranked opponents, and owns a 53-4 career singles mark.

Wijemanne, a native of Colombo, Sri Lanka, has compiled a 10-4 singles mark, mainly at the No. 2 position, and is ranked 14th nationally. 

The two have also combined for a 10-5 doubles record at the No. 1 position and are ranked sixth in the latest national rankings. Five of their matches have been against nationally ranked opponents.

Sykorova, a native of Prague, Czech Republic, is 16-3 in singles play at the No. 1 position and is ranked 10th nationally. She is 10-2 in the Peach Belt and possesses a 54-11 career singles record. 

Baberadova, a native of Brno, Czech Republic, has a 17-2 singles mark at the No. 2 and 3 spots, and is ranked 36th nationally in singles play. She is also 10-2 in against PBC competition.

The two have combined to post an 18-3 doubles record and are ranked second among all Division II duos. They are 10-2 in the Peach Belt and have played four matches against nationally ranked opponents.

The 13th-ranked Francis Marion women are 16-5, while the 13th-ranked Patriot men are 11-7. Both are awaiting next week’s announcement of the NCAA Division II National Tournament field.

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Last Published: May 12, 2010 1:21 PM
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