FMU Men upset Pacers, Patriot Women sweep
FLORENCE, SC – The 27th-ranked Francis Marion University men's tennis team upset 23rd-ranked USC Aiken 6-3, while the 11th-ranked Patriot women swept USCA 9-0, Sunday afternoon (March 10) in Peach Belt Conference action on the Kassab Courts.
The FMU women improve to 12-1 overall and 5-1 in the Peach Belt with their fifth consecutive win. The Patriots will host a pair of PBC opponents next weekend: Clayton State University on Saturday at 2 p.m. and the University of Montevallo on Sunday at 11 a.m.
The Francis Marion men have their own modest winning streak of four matches and are now 9-3 overall and 2-3 in the PBC. The Patriots will play next on March 22 when they host Mount Olive College at 2 p.m.
The women cruised through doubles play and then won all but one singles match in straight sets. Both sophomore Julia Graf (12-0) and freshman Lena Specht (11-0) remained unbeaten in singles competition this season with wins at the No.3 and No. 5 positions.
After winning two of three double matches, the Francis Marion men registered victories at the top four singles positions. Senior Alex Caspari, ranked 10th nationally in NCAA Division II, defeated 26th-ranked Kevin Zerath 6-2, 6-2 at the No.1 spot.
Men's Tennis Match Results
Mar 10, 2013 at Florence, SC
#27 Francis Marion University 6, #23 USC Aiken 3
1. #10 Alex Caspari (FMU) def. #26 Kevin Zerath (USCA) 6-2, 6-2
2. Gavin Davison (FMU) def. Andy Quirk (USCA) 6-4, 6-3
3. Arnaud Holl (FMU) def. Patrick Stiebinger (USCA) 7-5, 6-2
4. Eimon Heywood (FMU) def. Lucas Gobbi (USCA) 6-3, 3-6, 10-2
5. Ettore Damiani (USCA) def. Marius Wahlier (FMU) 6-4, 2-6, 10-4
6. Bruno Orlandini (USCA) def. Luke Bateup (FMU) 6-1, 6-0
1. #12 Alex Caspari/Gavin Davison (FMU) def. Kevin Zerath/Patrick Stiebinger (USCA) 8-4
2. Andy Quirk/Bruno Orlandini (USCA) def. Marius Wahlier/Luke Bateup (FMU) 8-6
3. Eimon Heywood/Arnaud Holl (FMU) def. Lucas Gobbi/Ettore Damiani (USCA) 9-7
USC Aiken 6-3, 1-3; National ranking #23; Regional ranking #6
Francis Marion University 9-3, 2-3; National ranking #27; Regional ranking #8
Women's Tennis Match Results
Mar 10, 2013 at Florence, SC
#11 Francis Marion University 9, USC Aiken 0
1. #25 Mona Blauen (FMU_W) def. Giovanna Ramos (USCAW) 6-1, 6-2
2. Tereza Baranova (FMU_W) def. Margot Simon (USCAW) 1-6, 6-2, 6-4
3. Julia Graf (FMU_W) def. Shauna Williams (USCAW) 6-1, 6-3
4. Kimberley Hurter (FMU_W) def. Franziska Regel (USCAW) 6-3, 6-3
5. Lena Specht (FMU_W) def. Julia Arruda (USCAW) 6-1, 6-1
6. Caitlin Siney (FMU_W) def. Caitlyn Lawrence (USCAW) 6-1, 6-0
1. #17 Mona Blauen/Julia Graf (FMU_W) def. Giovanna Ramos/Julia Arruda (USCAW) 8-0
2. Tereza Baranova/Nora Westbye (FMU_W) def. Margot Simon/Franziska Regel (USCAW) 8-5
3. Lena Specht/Kimberley Hurter (FMU_W) def. Shauna Williams/Caitlyn Lawrence (USCAW) 8-1
USC Aiken 8-5, 3-4
Francis Marion University 12-1, 5-1; National ranking #11; Regional ranking #3