FLORENCE, SC – The 11th-ranked Francis Marion University women's tennis team survived a couple of tough sets in doubles play and then cruised to a 9-0 blanking of the University of Montevallo, Sunday morning (March 17) in Peach Belt Conference action on the Kassab Courts.
The FMU women up their overall mark to 14-1 and improve to 7-1 in conference play, while Montevallo drops to 6-6 and 2-5. The Patriot women have won their past 53 matches against unranked opponents dating back to early in the 2009 season.
Senior Mona Blauen captured easy wins at No. 1 doubles and No.1 singles. Her victory in doubles runs her career record to 63-14 tying Lee Whitwell (63-20) for third on the Patriot career doubles victories list.
Her 60 career singles victories (against only 10 defeats) is also third on the all-time FMU list and only seven shy of second place.
FMU sophomore Julia Graf , Blauen's doubles partner, won in straight sets at No. 3 singles to improve to 14-0 on the season.
Both the Francis Marion women and men will play host to Mount Olive College on Friday at 2 p.m.
Women's Tennis Match Results
Mar 17, 2013 at Florence, SC
#11 Francis Marion University 9, University of Montevallo 0
1. #25 Mona Blauen (FMU_W) def. Niki Polcerova (UM) 6-2, 6-0
2. Tereza Baranova (FMU_W) def. Haley Highfield (UM) 6-2, 6-0
3. Julia Graf (FMU_W) def. Allison Howell (UM) 6-0, 1-0, default
4. Kimberley Hurter (FMU_W) def. Anais Robert (UM) 6-2, 6-0
5. Nora Westbye (FMU_W) def. Juanita Ossa (UM) 6-3, 6-0
6. Caitlin Siney (FMU_W) def. Lauren Blair (UM) 6-4, 5-7, 10-5
1. #17 Mona Blauen/Julia Graf (FMU_W) def. Niki Polcerova/Anais Robert (UM) 8-2
2. Tereza Baranova/Nora Westbye (FMU_W) def. Haley Highfield/Allison Howell (UM) 9-7
3. Lena Specht/Kimberley Hurter (FMU_W) def. Lauren Blair/Juanita Ossa (UM) 8-5
University of Montevallo 6-6 , 2-5
Francis Marion University 14-1 , 7-1; National ranking #11; Regional ranking #3