May 21, 2013

FMU’s Blauen nets double academic honors

Francis Marion University senior women's tennis player Mona Blauen has been selected to the 2013 Capital One Academic All-District III At-Large Team, the second consecutive year she has garnered this honor.  Blauen has also been named to the Peach Belt Conference women's tennis All-Academic Team for the third straight year.

A native of Cologne, Germany, Blauen recently graduated with a bachelor of business administration degree in general management with a grade point average of 3.785.  A first-team selection for the Capital One award, she now becomes eligible to earn Academic All-American honors, with voting to be done in the near future.

Blauen registered a 17-5 singles record at the No.1 position and is ranked 18th in the most recent NCAA Division II national singles rankings.  She also recorded a 21-5 doubles mark at the No.1 spot and is ranked 12th among Division II duos.  En route to earning first-team All-Peach Belt Conference honors, she posted a 9-2 singles mark in conference play and an equally impressive 10-2 PBC record in doubles play.

She helped lead Francis Marion to a 23-4 record, a No. 11 national ranking, and the program's seventh NCAA national tournament bid in the past eight seasons.  The Patriots lost in the Southeast Regional title match for the fifth time in six years.  The team's 23 victories equaled the school record for wins in a season.

Blauen picked up ITA All-America honors for her doubles play in 2012.

Off the court, Blauen has been named to the PBC Presidential Honor Roll three times and to the FMU Swamp Fox Athletic-Academic Honor Roll six times.  She is a member of Chi Alpha Sigma, national college athlete honor society, as well as Beta Gamma Sigma honor society.  She has twice earned ADA Academic Achievement Awards (2012, 2011).

Blauen ranks third in program history with 65 career singles wins and second with 72 doubles victories.

To be eligible for the Capital One Academic program, a student-athlete must be a starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, and have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings.

        Mona Blauen