Patriot Women bounce by Jaguars at PBC Tournament

Patriot Women bounce by Jaguars at PBC Tournament

FLORENCE, SC – The 10th-ranked and third-seeded Francis Marion University women's tennis team cruised to a 5-0 quarterfinal win over 33rd-ranked and sixth-seeded Augusta State University, Friday morning (April 12) on the opening day of the 2013 Peach Belt Conference Women's Tennis Tournament at the Dr. Eddie Floyd Florence Tennis Center.

Francis Marion improves to 21-2, the second-highest season win total in program history.  The 2008 squad posted a 23-3 mark.  FMU advances to face sixth-ranked and second-seeded Columbus State University, a 5-0 winner over USC Aiken in the quarterfinal round, at noon (NEW TIME) on Saturday in one of two semifinal matches.

The Patriots captured relatively easy wins at the top two doubles spots, while freshman Lena Specht and junior Kimberley Hurter earned an 8-6 victory at the No.3 position.

Sophomore Julia Graf and freshman Nora Westbye both picked up 6-1, 6-0 wins at the No. 3 and No. 6 singles positions respectively.  Westbye has won her last 10 singles matches, while Graf improves to 19-2 in singles play this season and 36-4 in her short two-year career.

Senior Mona Blauen teamed with Graf to win 8-2 at No.1 doubles.  It was Blauen's 70th career doubles win (against only 14 defeats), second-best in Patriot history.


Women's Tennis Match Results - PBC Tournament - Quarterfinals

Apr 12, 2013 at Florence, S.C.

#10 Francis Marion University 5, #33 Augusta State University 0

Singles competition
1. #20 Mona Blauen (FMU_W) vs. Victoria Lindqvist (ASU) 3-6, unfinished
2. Tereza Baranova (FMU_W) vs. Liv Pettersson (ASU) 6-1, unfinished
3. Julia Graf (FMU_W) def. Roberta Oliveira (ASU) 6-1, 6-0
4. Kimberley Hurter (FMU_W) vs. Maria C. Pimentel (ASU) 3-6, unfinished
5. Lena Specht (FMU_W) vs. Julie Fontaine (ASU) 6-1, unfinished
6. Nora Westbye (FMU_W) def. Lissa Murakami (ASU) 6-1, 6-0

Doubles competition
1. #18 Mona Blauen/Julia Graf (FMU_W) def. Victoria Lindqvist/Liv Pettersson (ASU) 8-2
2. Nora Westbye/Tereza Baranova (FMU_W) def. Roberta Oliveira/Julie Fontaine (ASU) 8-3
3. Kimberley Hurter/Lena Specht (FMU_W) def. Maria C. Pimentel/Lissa Murakami (ASU) 8-6

Match Notes:  Augusta State University 14-9; National ranking #33; Regional ranking #6
Francis Marion University 21-2; National ranking #10; Regional ranking #3