March 17, 2012

Cougars edge Patriots in battle of ranked tennis squads

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COLUMBUS, GA - Columbus State University claimed a pair of Peach Belt Conference tennis matches in a battle with Francis Marion University on Saturday afternoon (March 17). The ninth-ranked CSU men beat the 13th-ranked FMU men 6-3, while the seventh-ranked Cougar women rallied from 2-1 down after doubles play to beat 25th-ranked and previously unbeaten Francis Marion 5-4.

The Francis Marion men drop to 6-2 overall and 3-2 in the Peach Belt, while the Patriots women fall to 8-1 and 4-1.

Both squads will continue their road trip through Georgia as they face Georgia Southwestern State University on Sunday morning at 11 a.m.

In the men's match, FMU junior Alex Caspari continued his unbeaten run in 2012 singles play as he beat 25th-ranked Olivier Simonet in straight sets 6-4, 6-2 at the No. 1 spot.  It is Caspari's fifth win over a ranked opponent this season.

On the women's side, junior Mona Blauen continued unbeaten in singles play, while senior Jitka Gavdunova suffered her first singles loss of 2012.  Two of Columbus State's singles points were three-set decisions.

 

Men's Tennis Match Results
Mar 17, 2012 at Columbus, GA
 
#9 Columbus State 6, #13 Francis Marion University 3
Singles competition
1. Alex Caspari (FMUM) def. #25 Olivier Simonet (CSUM) 6-4, 6-2
2. Gordan Divljak (CSUM) def. Jack Bishop (FMUM) 6-1, 3-6, 6-1
3. Quentin Rayniere (CSUM) def. Gavin Davison (FMUM) 7-6, 6-2
4. Jonathan Hain (FMUM) def. Oussama Zoghlami (CSUM) 6-4, 6-3
5. #42 Martin Shishkov (CSUM) def. Tim Ruepke (FMUM) 6-2, 6-3
6. Danilo Sardelli (CSUM) def. Luke Bateup (FMUM) 6-2, 6-3
Doubles competition
1. #6 Martin Shishkov/Olivier Simonet (CSUM) def. #19 Alex Caspari/Gavin Davison (FMUM) 8-2
2. Gordan Divljak/Quentin Rayniere (CSUM) def. Jonathan Hain/Jack Bishop (FMUM) 8-3
3. Dirk Bair/Tim Ruepke (FMUM) def. Michael Trebuhov/Adi Malicbegovic (CSUM) 9-7
 
Match Notes:
Francis Marion University 6-2, 3-2; National ranking #13; Regional ranking #6
Columbus State 13-1, 3-0; National ranking #9; Regional ranking #2
 
Women's Tennis Match Results
Mar 17, 2012 at Columbus, GA
 
#7 Columbus State 5, #25 Francis Marion University 4
Singles competition
1. #8 Paola Cigui (CSUW) def. #3 Jitka Gavdunova (FMUW) 6-3, 6-2
2. #5 Mona Blauen (FMUW) def. #9 Carolin Weikard (CSUW) 4-6, 6-2, 6-2
3. #10 Tereza Baranova (FMUW) def. #14 Milica Tomic (CSUW) 6-3, 6-4
4. Madeline Johnson (CSUW) def. #13 Julia Graf (FMUW) 3-6, 6-3, 6-1
5. Olivera Jokic (CSUW) def. Kerry Hall (FMUW) 6-4, 6-0
6. Andrea Redrado (CSUW) def. Kimberley Hurter (FMUW) 6-3, 6-3
Doubles competition
1. #3 Jitka Gavdunova/Mona Blauen (FMUW) def. #6 Carolin Weikard/Milica Tomic (CSUW) 8-5
2. #10 Madeline Johnson/Paola Cigui (CSUW) def. Kimberley Hurter/Kerry Hall (FMUW) 8-2
3. #7 Tereza Baranova/Julia Graf (FMUW) def. Andrea Redrado/Renata Paiva (CSUW) 8-6
 
Match Notes:
Francis Marion University 8-1, 4-1; National ranking #25; Regional ranking #6
Columbus State 13-0, 3-0; National ranking #7; Regional ranking #2