March 22, 2012

Patriots sharp in win over Falcons

FLORENCE, SC- The 25th-ranked Francis Marion University women's tennis team coasted to a 9-0 victory over the University of Montevallo Falcons Thursday afternoon (March 22) at Kassab Courts in Florence, SC.

The Patriots improve to 11-1, including a 6-1 mark in Peach Belt Conference play.  Francis Marion returns to action next Saturday (March 31) when both of its men's and women's teams travel to Armstrong Atlantic State University for a match starting at 11 am.

The Patriots did not lose a set topping the Falcons, who drop to 6-8 and 0-5 in the PBC.  Ninth ranked Jitka Gavdunova and 17th-ranked Mona Blauen paced the team in singles play.  Gavdunova won 6-1 and by default, while Blauen went 6-1, 6-1.

Other Patriots picking up wins in singles play were  38th-ranked Tereza Baranova at No. 3, Kimberley Hurter at No. 4, Julia Graf at No. 5, and Kerry Hall at No. 6.

Tennis Match Results
Univ. of Montevallo vs Francis Marion University
Mar 22, 2012 at Florence, SC

#25 Francis Marion University 9, Univ. of Montevallo 0

Singles competition
1. #9 Jitka Gavdunova (FMUW) def. Niki Polcerova (UM) 6-1, 99-0
2. #17 Mona Blauen (FMUW) def. Helene Nordgreen (UM) 6-1, 6-1
3. #38 Tereza Baranova (FMUW) def. Lauren Blair (UM) 6-0, 6-1
4. Kimberley Hurter (FMUW) def. Meagan Stevens (UM) 6-0, 6-0
5. Julia Graf (FMUW) def. Amy McGucken (UM) 6-1, 6-0
6. Kerry Hall (FMUW) def. Yulia Shvetsova (UM) 6-1, 6-0

 Doubles competition

1. #9 Jitka Gavdunova/Mona Blauen (FMUW) def. Helene Nordgreen/Lauren Blair (UM) 8-0
2. Tereza Baranova/Julia Graf (FMUW) def. Amy McGucken/Meagan Stevens (UM) 8-0
3. Caitlin Siney/Kerry Hall (FMUW) def. Yulia Shvetsova/Kiana Banks (UM) 8-0

Match Notes:
Univ. of Montevallo 6-8, 0-5
Francis Marion University 11-1, 6-1; National ranking #25; Regional ranking #3