MILLEDGEVILLE, GA – Led by senior Mona Blauen, 10th-ranked Francis Marion University beat 43rd-ranked Georgia College 6-3, Saturday (March 30) in Peach Belt Conference women's tennis action. The 27th-ranked FMU men lost to the 17th-ranked Georgia College men 8-1.
The Patriot women improve to 19-1 overall and 10-1 in the Peach Belt Conference with their 12th consecutive win. FMU is tied for second in the Peach Belt standings heading into a Wednesday showdown with top-ranked Armstrong Atlantic State University at 3 p.m. on the Kassab Courts. A victory for the FMU women would place them in a three-way tie for the PBC lead.
Blauen and sophomore Julia Graf won 8-5 at No.1 doubles, giving Blauen her 68th career doubles win (against only 14 defeats) and moving her into sole possession of second place on the Patriots' career victories list. She passed Tereza Sykorova (67-7), who now drops to third place.
FMU freshman Lena Specht (17-0) continues unbeaten in singles competition this season with a win at the No.5 position. However, Graf (17-1) suffered her first loss of the season as she fell 6-4, 6-3 at the No.3 spot.
The Patriot men fall to 12-5 overall and 3-5 in the PBC, while the Bobcats improve to 15-3 and 5-2.
Senior Alex Caspari, who captured his 49th career singles win on Friday at Augusta State University, teamed with partner Gavin Davison to win 8-4 at No.1 doubles for the Patriots' lone point on Saturday. The victory also gives Caspari 49th career doubles wins.
The Francis Marion men will also play host to the No.1-ranked Armstrong on Wednesday at 3 p.m.
Women's Tennis Match Results Francis Marion University vs Georgia College Mar 30, 2013 at Milledgeville, Ga. #10 Francis Marion University 6, #43 Georgia College 3 Singles competition 1. #20 Mona Blauen (FMU_W) def. Ivana Marevic (GC-W) 6-0, 6-1 2. Tereza Baranova (FMU_W) def. May Johnson (GC-W) 6-2, 6-4 3. Kayla Barksdale (GC-W) def. Julia Graf (FMU_W) 6-4, 6-3 4. Katie Krupp (GC-W) def. Kimberley Hurter (FMU_W) 6-2, 4-6, 6-2 5. Lena Specht (FMU_W) def. Michelle Lingner (GC-W) 6-0, 6-1 6. Nora Westbye (FMU_W) def. Sarah Murray (GC-W) 6-0, 6-0 Doubles competition 1. #18 Mona Blauen/Julia Graf (FMU_W) def. Katie Krupp/Kayla Barksdale (GC-W) 8-5 2. May Johnson/Ivana Marevic (GC-W) def. Tereza Baranova/Nora Westbye (FMU_W) 8-6 3. Kimberley Hurter/Lena Specht (FMU_W) def. Sarah Murray/Michelle Lingner (GC-W) 8-1 Match Notes: Francis Marion University 19-1, 10-1; National ranking #10; Regional ranking #3 Georgia College 10-9, 4-6; National ranking #43; Regional ranking #7 Men's Tennis Match Results Francis Marion University vs Georgia College Mar 30, 2013 at Milledgeville, Ga. #17 Georgia College 8, #27 Francis Marion University 1 Singles competition 1. #48 Johan Wadstein (GC-M) def. #16 Alex Caspari (FMU) 6-3, 7-6 2. Andreas Ainalides (GC-M) def. Gavin Davison (FMU) 4-6, 6-4, 6-2 3. Yannick Hass (GC-M) def. Arnaud Holl (FMU) 6-2, 6-2 4. Alex Schubert (GC-M) def. Eimon Heywood (FMU) 6-2, 3-6, 10-5 5. Mattia Campus (GC-M) def. Tim Ruepke (FMU) 1-6, 6-2, 10-3 6. Wictor Andersson (GC-M) def. Luke Bateup (FMU) 5-7, 7-6, 10-8 Doubles competition 1. #16 Alex Caspari/Gavin Davison (FMU) def. Johan Wadstein/Taylor Powell (GC-M) 8-4 2. Wictor Andersson/Yannick Hass (GC-M) def. Marius Wahlier/Tim Ruepke (FMU) 8-4 3. Alex Schubert/Andreas Ainalides (GC-M) def. Eimon Heywood/Arnaud Holl (FMU) 8-3 Match Notes Francis Marion University 12-5, 3-5 PBC; National ranking #27; Regional ranking #7 Georgia College 15-3, 5-2 PBC; National ranking #17; Regional ranking #5 A-76