Patriots down Leopards from the Patriot League

FLORENCE, SC – The nationally ranked Francis Marion University men's and women's tennis teams both defeated NCAA Division I Lafayette College on Wednesday (March 27) in non-conference action at the Kassab Courts.

The 11th-ranked FMU women dropped only nine games en route to a 9-0 blanking of the Leopards, the squad's 10th straight win and 55th consecutive victory over unranked opponents – dating back to early in the 2009 season.  Francis Marion is 17-1 this season.

Senior Mona Blauen and sophomore Julia Graf won 8-0 at No.1 doubles, giving Blauen her 66th career doubles win (against only 14 defeats).  She stands one win shy of tying Tereza Sykorova for second place on the Patriot career list.

Sophomore Julia Graf (16-0) and freshman Lena Specht (15-0) remained unbeaten in singles competition this season with wins at the No.3 and No.5 positions.

The Patriot men lost only at the No. 6 singles spot while winning 8-1 for their seventh straight victory.  Francis Marion improves to 12-3 overall.

Senior Alex Caspari registered both his 48th career singles win and 48th career doubles win with victories at both the No.1 positions.

Both the Francis Marion men and women will return to Peach Belt Conference play this weekend with road matches at Augusta State University on Friday at 2 p.m. and at Georgia College on Saturday at 11 a.m.


Women's Tennis Match Results
Mar 27, 2013 at Florence, SC

#11 Francis Marion University 9, Lafayette College 0

Singles competition
1. #25 Mona Blauen (FMU_W) def. Caroline Nixon (LAYAF_W) 6-0, 6-1
2. Tereza Baranova (FMU_W) def. Jordyn Spellberg (LAYAF_W) 6-2, 6-0
3. Julia Graf (FMU_W) def. Lucy Bass (LAYAF_W) 6-0, 6-1
4. Kimberley Hurter (FMU_W) def. Catherine Senopoulos (LAYAF_W) 6-1, 6-0
5. Lena Specht (FMU_W) def. Liza Blank (LAYAF_W) 6-0, 6-1
6. Nora Westbye (FMU_W) def. Ally Simels (LAYAF_W) 6-1, 6-0

Doubles competition
1. #17 Mona Blauen/Julia Graf (FMU_W) def. Caroline Nixon/Jordyn Spellberg (LAYAF_W) 8-0
2. Lena Specht/Kimberley Hurter (FMU_W) def. Lucy Bass/Liza Blank (LAYAF_W) 8-0
3. Tereza Baranova/Kerry Hall (FMU_W) def. Catherine Senopoulos/Ally Simels (LAYAF_W) 8-2

Match Notes:   Lafayette College 3-5
Francis Marion University 17-1; National ranking #11; Regional ranking #3
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles ()


Men's Tennis Match Results
Mar 27, 2013 at Florence, SC

#27 Francis Marion University 8, Lafayette College 1

Singles competition
1. #10 Alex Caspari (FMU) def. Brandon Goldstein (LAFAY) 6-2, 7-5
2. Gavin Davison (FMU) def. Scott Gelbman (LAFAY) 6-1, 6-1
3. Arnaud Holl (FMU) def. Gavin Studner (LAFAY) 6-0, 6-1
4. Tim Ruepke (FMU) def. Chris Matturri (LAFAY) 6-0, 6-2
5. Luke Bateup (FMU) def. Alex Charchalis (LAFAY) 6-1, 6-4
6. Jake Lazer (LAFAY) def. Patrick Hensley (FMU) 7-6 (7-4), 6-7 (5-7), 10-7

Doubles competition
1. #12 Alex Caspari/Gavin Davison (FMU) def. Brandon Goldstein/Scott Gelbman (LAFAY) 8-4
2. Luke Bateup/Tim Ruepke (FMU) def. Jake Lazer/Brian Stefanowicz (LAFAY) 8-5
3. Arnaud Holl/Eimon Heywood (FMU) def. Gavin Studner/Chris Matturri (LAFAY) 8-2

Match Notes:  Lafayette College 4-6
Francis Marion University 12-3; National ranking #27; Regional ranking #8
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles ()