Patriot netters split on Saturday

Patriot netters split on Saturday

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FLORENCE, SC – The 10th-ranked Francis Marion University women's tennis team claimed a 9-0 Peach Belt Conference win over 11th-ranked Clayton State University on Saturday afternoon (April 14), while the 10th-ranked FMU men dropped a 6-3 non-conference decision to seventh-ranked Concordia College of New York.

The Patriot women up their record to 15-2 and are now 9-2 in the Peach Belt.  Senior Jitka Gavdunova, ranked 11th nationally in singles, captured her win in a pro-set tiebreaker after splitting the two sets.  All the other FMU victories were in straight sets.

The Francis Marion (9-5) dropped two of three doubles matches to the 15-7 Clippers.  Freshman Gavin Davison (at No.3) and sophomore Tim Ruepke (at No.5) captured singles wins for the Patriots.

Both Francis Marion squads will play host to North Georgia College & State University on Sunday morning at 11 a.m. for the annual Senior Day match. The matches will also be the final regular-season contests for both teams.


Men's Tennis Match Results
Apr 14, 2012 at Florence, SC
#7 Concordia (N.Y.) 6, #13 Francis Marion University 3
Singles competition
1. #20 PILUDU, Daniele (CNDMTN11) def. #13 Alex Caspari (FMUM) 5-7, 6-1, 10-4
2. BAZULA, Geza (CNDMTN11) def. Jack Bishop (FMUM) 6-4, 6-1
3. Gavin Davison (FMUM) def. TISSERAND, David (CNDMTN11) 7-5, 1-6, 10-6
4. OLFANS, Tomasz (CNDMTN11) def. Jonathan Hain (FMUM) 6-0, 7-5
5. Tim Ruepke (FMUM) def. LINDELL, Andreas (CNDMTN11) 7-5, 3-6, 10-8
6. MOZER, Mark (CNDMTN11) def. Dirk Bair (FMUM) 7-5, 6-0
Doubles competition
1. FREY, Ricardo/OLFANS, Tomasz (CNDMTN11) def. #5 Alex Caspari/Gavin Davison (FMUM) 9-7
2. PILUDU, Daniele/BAZULA, Geza (CNDMTN11) def. Jack Bishop/Jonathan Hain (FMUM) 8-5
3. Dirk Bair/Tim Ruepke (FMUM) def. TISSERAND, David/LINDELL, Andreas (CNDMTN11) 8-4
Match Notes:
Concordia (N.Y.) 15-7; National ranking #7; Regional ranking #1
Francis Marion University 9-5; National ranking #13; Regional ranking #4
Women's Tennis Match Results
Apr 14, 2012 at Florence, SC
#10 Francis Marion University 9, #11 Clayton State 0
Singles competition
1. #11 Jitka Gavdunova (FMUW) def. Marie Cercelletti (CLSW) 6-0, 3-6, 10-8
2. #21 Mona Blauen (FMUW) def. Martina Dedaj (CLSW) 6-2, 6-3
3. Kimberley Hurter (FMUW) def. Charlotte Fabricius (CLSW) 6-0, 6-0
4. Julia Graf (FMUW) def. Jessica Budd (CLSW) 6-0, 6-1
5. Kerry Hall (FMUW) def. Alyze' Pagal (CLSW) 6-2, 6-3
6. Caitlin Siney (FMUW) def. No player (CLSW), by default
Doubles competition
1. #7 Jitka Gavdunova/Mona Blauen (FMUW) def. Martina Dedaj/Jessica Budd (CLSW) 8-2
2. Kimberley Hurter/Julia Graf (FMUW) def. Marie Cercelletti/Charlotte Fabricius (CLSW) 9-8 (7-4)
3. Kerry Hall/Caitlin Siney (FMUW) def. No player/No player (CLSW), by default
Match Notes:
Clayton State 7-11, 6-5 PBC; National ranking #11; Regional ranking #4
Francis Marion University 15-2, 9-2 PBC; National ranking #10; Regional ranking #3