COLUMBUS, GA – Seventh-ranked and second-seeded Columbus State University used a 3-0 advantage after doubles play to springboard to a 5-0 victory over tenth-ranked and third-seeded Francis Marion University, Monday afternoon (April 30) in the finals of the NCAA Division II Southeast Regional #2 women's tennis tournament at the Mary V. Blackmon Tennis Center.
The Patriots end their season at 18-4 and fall just short of making their third trip to the Division II Sweet Sixteen. Three of the team's losses were to Columbus State. CSU (26-2) advances to the Sweet Sixteen, May 16-19, in Louisville, Ky.
The Cougars won the three doubles matches by 8-2, 8-3, and 8-2 scores. CSU then claimed straight-set wins at the No. 4 and 6 singles positions to close out the match.
Francis Marion was leading at the No.2 and No. 3 singles spots when the match ended.
FMU's lone senior, Jitka Gavdunova, ends her career with a 71-8 singles mark. She was trailing 10th-ranked Paola Cigui 6-4, 2-3 when CSU recorded its decisive points.
Women's Tennis Match Results NCAA II Southeast Regional Final Apr 30, 2012 at Columbus, GA #7 Columbus State 5, #10 Francis Marion University 0 Singles competition 1. #10 Paola Cigui (CSUW) vs. #11 Jitka Gavdunova (FMUW) 6-4, 2-3, unfinished 2. Milica Tomic (CSUW) vs. #21 Mona Blauen (FMUW) 5-7, unfinished 3. #49 Carolin Weikard (CSUW) vs. #43 Tereza Baranova (FMUW) 1-6, 0-3, unfinished 4. Olivera Jokic (CSUW) def. Kimberley Hurter (FMUW) 6-0, 6-1 5. Andrea Redrado (CSUW) vs. Julia Graf (FMUW) 6-2, 4-1, unfinished 6. Sandra Jung (CSUW) def. Caitlin Siney (FMUW) 6-1, 6-0 Doubles competition 1. Paola Cigui/Milica Tomic (CSUW) def. #7 Mona Blauen/Jitka Gavdunova (FMUW) 8-2 2. Carolin Weikard/Olivera Jokic (CSUW) def. Tereza Baranova/Julia Graf (FMUW) 8-3 3. Andrea Redrado/Renata Paiva (CSUW) def. Kerry Hall/Kimberley Hurter (FMUW) 8-2 Match Notes: Francis Marion University 18-3; National ranking #10; Regional ranking #3 Columbus State 26-2; National ranking #7; Regional ranking #2 Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (6,4) T-2:58