Francis Marion University member of the Peach Belt conference has announced the signing of Eritrean-Swede Hermon Mikael from Karlskrona, Sweden to national letter of intent to attend FMU this fall and play for the Patriots in 2020. Coach Garth Thomson who is one of the top Tennis coaches and a former Francis Marion standout himself is excited to have Hermon on board as she can help the Patriots who went 14-8 this past season to be competitive in the conference. Hermon, 5-2, is a transfer from ASA College Brooklyn campus, but she will have four years of eligibility to play at FMU, one of the top Tennis schools in the USA. She is a graduate of Malmö idrottsgymnasium in Sweden.Hermon attended ASA junior college in New York with the intention of playing ground tennis, but the school dropped the sport after she had already accepted a scholarship, giving her no choice but to transfer to another program.
According to Garth Thomson "She is now hungry to get back out on the courts and play competitively. She has had some good results playing in Sweden, and she is expected to play in the top four at Francis Marion Universty."
Eri-Internationalsports.org was able to help arrange and share important information to make sure that Hermon got the best opportunity to play at a very competitive program. Meanwhile, it should be known that Hermon's brother Joel recently represented Eritrea in the African championships of Table Tennis. Having lived all his life in Sweden, a recent visit to Eritrea gave Joel a chance to be among the first group of players to wear the colours of the Eritrean nation at an ITTF sanctioned event. The Francis Marion University Patriots are slated to be strong next season as the 2019 squad posted had a decent season and placed sixth during the Peach Belt Conference regular season. The Patriots return five of seven letterwinners from the 2019 team where Hermon will come in to help guide them towards national prominence. Good Luck and congratulations to Hermon and Joel.