COLUMBUS, GA – Sixth-ranked and second-seeded Columbus State University survived a fast start in doubles play by 10th-ranked and third-seeded Francis Marion University and went on to claim a 5-0 victory, Monday afternoon (April 29) in the championship match of the NCAA Division II Southeast Regional #2 Women's Tennis Tournament.
The Patriots end their season with a 23-4 record, equaling the school record for wins in a season. Three of the team's losses were to the Cougars. FMU has advanced to the regional title match in five of the past six seasons.
Columbus State (22-3) now advances to the Sweet 16 National Championships, May 8-11, in Surprise, Ariz.
FMU's Mona Blauen and Julia Graf, ranked 18th nationally, jumped out to an early 3-2 lead at No.1 doubles before the nation's seventh-rank tandem, CSU's Paola Cigui and Carolin Weikard, rallied for an 8-5 win. At No.3 doubles, the Patriots' duo of Kimberley Hurter and Lena Specht took an early 4-1 advantage before their Cougar opponents won the next seven games.
CSU then posted straight-set victories at No.1 and No.4 singles to earn the clinching points.
Blauen, one of two seniors on the 2013 roster and the only senior to play in Monday's final, ends her standout career with a 65-12 singles mark (third in team history for singles wins) and 72-16 doubles record (second in team history for doubles wins).
NCAA II Southeast Regional #2 Women's Tennis Tournament championship match
Apr 29, 2013 at Columbus, GA #6 Columbus State 5, #10 Francis Marion University 0 Singles competition
1. #2 Paola Cigui (CSUW) def. #20 Mona Blauen (FMU_W) 6-0, 6-1
2. #44 Carolin Weikard (CSUW) vs. Tereza Baranova (FMU_W) 6-3, 2-1, unfinished
3. #45 Olivera Jokic (CSUW) vs. Julia Graf (FMU_W) 6-0, 4-1, unfinished
4. Laura Chapman (CSUW) def. Kimberley Hurter (FMU_W) 6-3, 6-1
5. Andrea Redrado (CSUW) vs. Lena Specht (FMU_W) 6-4, 2-1, unfinished
6. Renata Paiva (CSUW) vs. Nora Westbye (FMU_W) 6-3, 2-1, unfinished Doubles competition
1. #7 Paola Cigui/Carolin Weikard (CSUW) def. #18 Mona Blauen/Julia Graf (FMU_W) 8-5
2. Olivera Jokic/Laura Chapman (CSUW) def. Tereza Baranova/Nora Westbye (FMU_W) 8-2
3. Andrea Redrado/Renata Paiva (CSUW) def. Kimberley Hurter/Lena Specht (FMU_W) 8-4 Match Notes: Francis Marion University 23-4; National ranking #10; Regional ranking #3
Columbus State 22-3; National ranking #6; Regional ranking #2
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (1,4)