FLORENCE, SC – The nationally ranked Francis Marion University men's and women's tennis teams celebrated Senior Day with regular-season concluding wins over Flagler College, Sunday morning (April 7) in Peach Belt Conference action on the Kassab Courts.
The 27th-ranked Patriot men rallied from an early 3-1 deficit to win the final five singles matches and claim a 6-3 victory. The 10th-ranked Patriot women, hobbled by injuries, won all three doubles matches en route to a 7-2 win
The FMU men finish their regular season with a 13-7 overall record and a 4-6 PBC mark. With a few matches yet to be finished by other conference teams, the Patriots are currently sixth in the Peach Belt standings.
The Patriot women (20-2, 11-2) finish third in the PBC standings. Both Francis Marion teams will take part in the conference tournament next weekend at the Florence Tennis Center.
Prior to the matches, three seniors were recognized: Alex Caspari, Mona Blauen, and Kerry Hall. Blauen picked up her 69th career doubles win at the No.1 position, while Caspari earned his 51st career singles victory at the top spot. Hall was victorious at No.3 doubles for the women.
Men's Tennis Match Results
Apr 07, 2013 at Florence, SC #27 Francis Marion University 6, #31 Flagler College 3 Singles competition
1. #16 Alex Caspari (FMU) def. #33 Jose Martinez (FLG) 6-4, 3-6, 6-0
2. Gavin Davison (FMU) def. Peter Coulis (FLG) 6-4, 6-4
3. Arnaud Holl (FMU) def. Inigo Landaluce (FLG) 7-6 (10-8), 7-6 (7-5)
4. Stephan Stolz (FLG) def. Eimon Heywood (FMU) 6-2, 6-3
5. Tim Ruepke (FMU) def. David Espinosa (FLG) 6-2, 6-2
6. Marius Wahlier (FMU) def. Dirnaj Saunders (FLG) 6-1, 6-1 Doubles competition
1. Jose Martinez/David Espinosa (FLG) def. #16 Alex Caspari/Gavin Davison (FMU) 8-6
2. Peter Coulis/Inigo Landaluce (FLG) def. Eimon Heywood/Arnaud Holl (FMU) 8-6
3. Marius Wahlier/Tim Ruepke (FMU) def. Stephan Stolz/Dirnaj Saunders (FLG) 8-5 Match Notes:
Flagler College 4-12, 2-8; National ranking #31; Regional ranking #9
Francis Marion University 13-7, 4-6; National ranking #27; Regional ranking #7 Women's Tennis Match Results Apr 07, 2013 at Florence, SC #10 Francis Marion University 7, Flagler College 2 Singles competition 1. Tereza Baranova (FMU_W) def. Barbora Sebkova (FLG) 6-2, 4-6, 10-5 2. Julia Graf (FMU_W) def. Esther Santiago (FLG) 6-2, 6-1 3. Kimberley Hurter (FMU_W) def. Hanna Goettsching (FLG) 6-1, 6-4 4. Lena Specht (FMU_W) def. Thaisa Pereira (FLG) 6-4, 6-1 5. Krista Ingrilli (FLG) def. Kerry Hall (FMU_W), by default 6. Anika Cohen (FLG) def. Caitlin Siney (FMU_W), by default Doubles competition 1. #18 Mona Blauen/Julia Graf (FMU_W) def. Hanna Goettsching/Thaisa Pereira (FLG) 8-3 2. Kimberley Hurter/Lena Specht (FMU_W) def. Esther Santiago/Barbora Sebkova (FLG) 8-2 3. Tereza Baranova/Kerry Hall (FMU_W) def. Krista Ingrilli/Anika Cohen (FLG) 8-0 Match Notes: Flagler College 4-14, 4-8 Francis Marion University 20-2, 11-2; National ranking #10; Regional ranking #3