FMU Women win, Men lose heartbreaker

FMU Women win, Men lose heartbreaker

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FLORENCE, SC – The Francis Marion University women remained unbeaten with a 9-0 blanking of Lander University, Saturday afternoon (Feb. 25) in Peach Belt Conference tennis action, while the 14th-ranked FMU men lost a heartbreaking 5-4 decision to 11th-ranked Lander.

In the women's match, FMU lost only one set while improving to 4-0.

In the men's match, Francis Marion (2-1) took a 2-1 advantage after doubles play and led 4-3 with two singles matches left to be concluded.  Lander (8-0) knotted the match at 4-4 with only the No.5 singles yet to be decided.

FMU freshman Luke Bateup won the first set easily 6-0, but Lander's Samuel Poutignat rallied to win the second set 6-2.  Bateup pulled out to a 4-3 lead in the third and final set, but Poutignat won the next three games and the deciding match point.

Among the Patriot points was junior Alex Caspari upsetting 15th-ranked Paul-Henri Arrigoni in straight sets at No.1 singles.

Both Francis Marion squads will play PBC matches at USC Aiken on Sunday (Feb. 26) at noon. 

Men's Tennis Match Results
Feb 25, 2012 at Florence, SC
#11 Lander University 5, #14 Francis Marion University 4
Singles competition
1. Alex Caspari (FMUM) def. #15 Paul-Henri Arrigoni (LUM) 6-3, 7-5
2. Vincent Verpeaux (LUM) def. Gavin Davison (FMUM) 6-3, 6-3
3. Adam Jonsson (LUM) def. Jack Bishop (FMUM) 6-2, 6-4
4. Jonathan Hain (FMUM) def. Oscar Axelsson (LUM) 7-5, 6-0
5. Samuel Poutignat (LUM) def. Luke Bateup (FMUM) 0-6, 6-2, 6-4
6. Diego Zegarra (LUM) def. Tim Ruepke (FMUM) 6-0, 6-1
Doubles competition
1. #19 Alex Caspari/Gavin Davison (FMUM) def. #11 Oscar Axelsson/Adam Jonsson (LUM) 8-2
2. Paul-Henri Arrigoni/Maxime Desmars (LUM) def. Jack Bishop/Jonathan Hain (FMUM) 8-6
3. Dirk Bair/Tim Ruepke (FMUM) def. Vincent Verpeaux/Samuel Poutignat (LUM) 8-3


Match Notes:
Lander University 8-0, 1-0 PBC; National ranking #11; Regional ranking #3
Francis Marion University 2-1, 0-1 PBC; National ranking #14; Regional ranking #6
T-4:35  A-50 


Women's Tennis Match Results
Feb 25, 2012 at Florence, SC
Francis Marion University 9, Lander University 0


Singles competition
1. #9 Jitka Gavdunova (FMUW) def. Aurelia Ruffat (LUW) 6-0, 6-0
2. #20 Mona Blauen (FMUW) def. Eliza Adusumilli (LUW) 6-4, 6-0
3. #41 Tereza Baranova (FMUW) def. Brandi Cordell (LUW) 6-0, 6-1
4. Julia Graf (FMUW) def. Cayce Bradley (LUW) 6-0, 6-3
5. Kimberley Hurter (FMUW) def. Lori Flick (LUW) 7-5, 6-2
6. Kerry Hall (FMUW) def. Raissa Adusumilli (LUW) 6-2, 4-6, 10-6
Doubles competition
1. #11 Jitka Gavdunova/Mona Blauen (FMUW) def. Caitlin Fell/Aurelia Ruffat (LUW) 8-0
2. Tereza Baranova/Julia Graf (FMUW) def. Brandi Cordell/Cayce Bradley (LUW) 8-0
3. Kimberley Hurter/Kerry Hall (FMUW) def. Eliza Adusumilli/Raissa Adusumilli (LUW) 9-8 (7-1)


Match Notes:
Lander University 3-3, 0-1 PBC
Francis Marion University 4-0, 1-0 PBC; Regional ranking #6
T-4:00  A-50