FMU Women blank Pacers 6-0 at tennis tourney

FMU Women blank Pacers 6-0 at tennis tourney

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GREENWOOD, SC – The 10th-ranked and third-seeded Francis Marion University women's tennis team swept all three doubles matches en route to a 6-0 victory over sixth-seeded USC Aiken, Friday afternoon (April 20) in the quarterfinal round of the Peach Belt Conference Tournament hosted by Lander University.

The Patriot women improve to 17-2 and advance to face seventh-ranked and second-seeded Columbus State University in the semifinal round on Saturday at noon.  USCA drops to 13-8.

The seventh-ranked doubles duo of Jitka Gavdunova and Mona Blauen claimed an 8-0 win at the No.1 position, while junior Tereza Baranova and freshman Julia Graf took an 8-3 win at the No.2 spot.  Junior Kerry Hall and sophomore Caitlin Siney had a little more trouble at No.3 doubles, but they managed an 8-6 victory.

Gavdunova and Blauen quickly claimed straight-set wins at the top two singles positions, while Graf won 6-1, 6-1 at No.5 singles. The team's lone senior, Gavdunova upped her season record to 17-2 and her career mark to 70-8 with the win, while Blauen has lost only once in singles play this year (18-1).  Graf is now 16-2 in singles competition this season.

Facing Columbus State, FMU now has an opportunity to avenge one of its two losses as the Cougars edged Francis Marion 5-4 on March 17 in Columbus, Ga.  The outcome of Saturday's match could determine who hosts one of the Southeast Region's NCAA Tournament events.

Women's Tennis Match Results
Peach Belt Conference Tournament Quarterfinals
April 20, 2012 at Greenwood, S.C.
#10 Francis Marion 6, USC Aiken 0
Singles competition
1. #11 Jitka Gavdunova (FMUW) def. Margot Simon (USCA) 6-1, 6-1
2. #21 Mona Blauen (FMUW) def. Franziska Regel (USCA) 6-1, 6-0
3. #38 Tereza Baranova (FMUW) vs. Shauna Williams (USCA) 6-0, 2-2, unfinished
4. Kimberley Hurter (FMUW) vs. Andrea Cediel (USCA) 6-1, 4-2, unfinished
5. Julia Graf (FMUW) def. Julie Maline (USCA) 6-1, 6-1
6. Kerry Hall (FMUW) vs. Gina Kothari (USCA) 6-4, 3-4, unfinished
Doubles competition
1. #7 Jitka Gavdunova/Mona Blauen (FMUW) def. Margot Simon/Shauna Williams (USCA) 8-0
2. Tereza Baranova/Julia Graf (FMUW) def. Julie Maline/Franziska Regel (USCA) 8-3
3. Kerry Hall/Caitlin Siney (FMUW) def. Andrea Cediel/Gina Kothari (USCA) 8-6
Match Notes:  USC Aiken 13-8
Francis Marion 17-2; National ranking #10; Regional ranking #3