April 27, 2012

FMU quartet named to All-PBC tennis teams

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Four Francis Marion University tennis players were named to the Peach Belt Conference 2012 All-Conference Teams.  The announcements were made at the recent PBC Championship Tournaments in Greenwood, S.C.

Senior Jitka Gavdunova and junior Mona Blauen were named to the first-team All-PBC women's singles squad, and both earned first-team All-Conference recognition for their doubles play as well.

Junior Alex Caspari was named to the first-team All-PBC men's singles squad, while Caspari and freshman Gavin Davison received first-team All-PBC doubles honors. 

Gavdunova previously earned All-Conference honors in 2011 for singles and in both 2011 and 2009 for doubles. Blauen garnered first-team doubles and second-team singles accolades in 2011. Caspari earned second-team All-Conference honors in doubles last year.

Gavdunova, a native of Vejprty, Czech Republic, is 17-2 in singles play at the No. 1 position, including 10-2 in Peach Belt play, and is ranked 11th nationally.  She owns a 70-8 career singles record.

Blauen, a native of Cologne, Germany, has compiled an 18-1 singles mark at the No. 2 spot, and is ranked 21st nationally in singles play.  She was 11-1 against PBC competition.

The two have combined to post an 18-2 doubles record and are ranked seventh among all Division II duos.  They were 11-1 during the Peach Belt regular season.

Caspari, a native of Hurth, Germany, has compiled a 14-2 singles mark at the No. 1 position, including 8-1 in conference play, and is ranked 13th nationally.  Six of his victories have come against nationally ranked opponents.

Caspari and Davison combined for a 12-4 doubles record at the No. 1 position and are ranked fifth in the latest national rankings.  Three of their losses have been to nationally ranked opponents.  Davison hails from Bingley, England.

The 10th-ranked Francis Marion men are 10-6 and will play in the NCAA Division II Tournament's Southeast Regional on Monday against Georgia College in Savannah, Ga.  The Patriot women, also ranked 10th, own a 17-3 mark and will play Wingate University on Sunday in the Division II Southeast Regional in Columbus, Ga.