FMU tennis quartet named ITA All-Americans

FMU tennis quartet named ITA All-Americans

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Francis Marion University senior Jitka Gavdunova, juniors Mona Blauen and Alex Caspari, and freshman Gavin Davison have been named to the 2012 Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) NCAA Division II All-America Teams.

Gavdunova earns national honors for the third time in her career, having previously been named an All-American in 2011 and as a freshman in 2009.  She and Caspari earned All-American recognition for both their singles and doubles play, while Blauen (with Gavdunova) and Davison (with Caspari) were honored for their doubles play.

Gavdunova, a native of Vejprty, Czech Republic, was 18-2 in singles play and ranked ninth nationally in the final Division II ratings.  She concluded her career at FMU with a 71-8 singles record.  Gavdunova and Blauen (Cologne, Germany) posted a 19-3 doubles mark and ended the year ranked seventh nationally.

The Patriot women were 18-4 in 2012 and made the program's sixth NCAA national tournament appearance in the past seven seasons, losing in the Southeast Regional title match, and ended the year ranked 10th nationally.

Caspari, a native of Hurth, Germany, was 14-2 in singles play and ranked 14th in the end-of-the-season Division II ratings.  He and Davison (Bingley, England) registered a 13-4 doubles mark and ranked eighth nationally.

The Francis Marion men were 10-7 this past year, earned the program's fifth consecutive NCAA Tournament invitation, and finished the season ranked 21st nationally.

Caspari and Davison become the ninth and 10th All-Americans within the Patriot men's tennis program joining Oshada Wijemanne (2009, 2010, 2011), Dilshod Sharifi (2009, 2010), Kevin Taylor (2006), Mark Bube (2000, 2001, 2002), Sollie Nortje (2000, 2001), Laszlo Leiter (1999), Sam Lundkvist (1995, 1996, 1997), and Garth Thomson (1989, 1990).

Blauen is the 10th All-American in the history of the Patriot women's program joining Gavdunova (2009, 2011, 2012), Tereza Sykorova (2008, 2009, 2010), Sabina Baberadova (2010), Kristyna Horakova (2009), Annamaria Atamaniuk (1998, 1999, 2000, 2001), Orsolya Somorjai (1998, 1999), Mary Hirst (1992, 1993, 1994), Lee Whitwell (1993, 1994, 1996), and Siobhan Murnane (1992).