FLORENCE, SC – Francis Marion University junior Sarka Vitkova has been named the Peach Belt Conference women’s tennis Player of the Week, for the week ending April 16.
Vitkova, a native of Humpolec, Czech Republic, compiled a 4-0 record playing at the No. 1 singles position and a 4-0 mark playing No. 1 doubles. She helped lead Francis Marion to a 3-1 record during the week, with all three victories being by 9-0 scores.
Vitkova lost only one set in singles play during the week, and her wins included a defeat of the nation’s eighth-ranked player. In doubles play with partner Jenny Ludwig, she compiled a 32-5 games record and they beat the 23rd-ranked doubles team in NCAA Division II.
For the season, she owns a 13-5 record in singles play and a 17-2 doubles mark, including 10 straight wins at the No. 1 position.
The 19th-ranked Patriot women are seeded sixth in this weekend’s PBC Tournament in Augusta, Ga. FMU is 13-6 overall and posted a 6-5 mark in Peach Belt play. FMU will face third-seeded and eighth-ranked Columbus State University (16-7) in Friday’s (April 20) opening round at 11 a.m. Win or lose, the team’s second match will be on Saturday morning.
The 25th-ranked Francis Marion men concluded their regular season 8-8 overall and 3-6 in conference action. FMU is seeded seventh for the tournament and will face second-seeded and eighth-ranked Lander University (14-5) in a quarterfinal match, Friday at 2 p.m. The Patriots’ second match will be either Saturday morning at 11 a.m. (with a loss on Friday) or Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m. (with a win on Friday).
Interestingly, all PBC members that sponsor men’s tennis are ranked in the FILA/ITA Collegiate Tennis NCAA Division II Top 40 poll.
Both PBC Tournaments will be held at the Newman Tennis Center in Augusta, and the championship matches are set for Sunday morning at 11 a.m.