Francis Marion netters claim 6-3 wins at Flagler
ST. AUGUSTINE, FL – The Francis Marion University men's and women's tennis teams, both ranked 10th in the latest ITA rankings, claimed 6-3 Peach Belt Conference road wins over Flagler College on Sunday afternoon (April 1).
The FMU men upped their overall record to 8-3 and their conference mark to 5-2 by rallying from a 2-1 deficit after doubles play to beat the 27th-ranked Saints (5-11, 2-5). The Patriots earned singles wins from Alex Caspari (#1), Gavin Davison (#3), Jonathan Hain (#4), Tim Ruepke (#5), and Dirk Bair (#6).
The Patriot women (12-1, 7-1) won two of three doubles matches and then earned singles victories from Jitka Gavdunova (#1), Mona Blauen (#2), Tereza Baranova (#3), and Julia Graf (#5). The 25th-ranked Flagler women drop to 7-7 and 6-3.
Both Francis Marion squads will play nationally ranked Armstrong Atlantic State University on Monday at 1 p.m. at Savannah's Bacon Park. The Armstrong men are 16-0 and ranked first in Division II, while the Pirate women's squad is 14-0 and ranked third.
#10 Francis Marion University 6, #27 Flagler 3 Singles competition 1. #13 Alex Caspari (FMUM) def. Jose Martinez (FLG) 4-4, retired 2. #48 Peter Coulis (FLG) def. Jack Bishop (FMUM) 6-3, 6-1 3. Gavin Davison (FMUM) def. Inigo Landaluce (FLG) 4-6, 6-0, 6-4 4. Jonathan Hain (FMUM) def. Adam Hunt (FLG) 6-4, 6-2 5. Tim Ruepke (FMUM) def. Stephan Stolz (FLG) 6-3, 6-4 6. Dirk Bair (FMUM) def. Uriel Oquendo (FLG) 6-3, retired Doubles competition 1. #5 Alex Caspari/Gavin Davison (FMUM) def. Jose Martinez/Stephan Stolz (FLG) 8-5 2. Peter Coulis/Adam Hunt (FLG) def. Jack Bishop/Jonathan Hain (FMUM) 8-6 3. Uriel Oquendo/Inigo Landaluce (FLG) def. Dirk Bair/Tim Ruepke (FMUM) 8-4
Match Notes: Francis Marion University 8-3, 5-2 PBC; National ranking #10; Regional ranking #4 Flagler 5-11, 2-5 PBC; National ranking #27; Regional ranking #7