FMU’s Blauen earns ITA All-America honors

Francis Marion University senior Mona Blauen has been selected to the 2013 Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) NCAA Division II All-America Team.

Blauen earns the national honor for her singles play.  She previously garnered All-America recognition in 2012 for her doubles play.

A native of Cologne, Germany, Blauen was 17-5 in singles play at the No.1 position and ended the season ranked 19th nationally among Division II singles players.  She and sophomore Julia Graf were 12th in the national doubles rankings with a 21-5 mark.

A 2013 Capital One Academic All-District III At-Large Team selection, Blauen recently graduated with a bachelor of business administration degree (cum laude) in management.  She earned both Peach Belt Conference All-Conference honors for her play on the court and PBC All-Academic Team recognition for her efforts in the classroom three times each.

The 13th-ranked Patriot women ended the season with a 23-4 record – equaling the program record for victories in a season – and made the program's seventh NCAA national tournament appearance in the past eight seasons.  The Patriots advanced to the regional title match for the seventh time in that span.

During Blauen's four seasons wearing the red, white, and blue, FMU posted a combined 69-21 record.  Blauen ended her career ranked third in program history with 65 singles wins and second with 72 doubles victories.

Blauen's award is the 23rd occasion for a Patriot women's tennis player to receive All-America recognition: Mona Blauen (2012, 2013), Jitka Gavdunova (2009, 2011, 2012), Tereza Sykorova (2008, 2009, 2010), Sabina Baberadova (2010), Kristyna Horakova (2009), Annamaria Atamaniuk (1998, 1999, 2000, 2001), Orsolya Somorjai (1998, 1999), Mary Hirst (1992, 1993, 1994), Lee Whitwell (1993, 1994, 1996), and Siobhan Murnane (1992).