June 6, 2013

Blauen completes double “All-America” honor

Francis Marion University senior women's tennis player Mona Blauen has been named to the 2013 Capital One Academic All-America Division II Women's At-Large Team as a second-team choice.  This follows her selection as an Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) NCAA Division II All-American for her singles play, and makes her the 10th FMU student-athlete to earn both athletic and academic All-America honors in the same year.

The Capital One Academic All-America® Division II Women's At-Large program includes the sports of bowling, crew, fencing, field hockey, golf, gymnastics, ice hockey, lacrosse, rifle, skiing, swimming and diving, tennis and water polo.  The teams are selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

Blauen, a native of Cologne, Germany, recently graduated with a bachelor of business administration degree (cum laude) in management.  She registered a cumulative grade point average of 3.785.

During her time at FMU, 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.

This past season, 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.

She helped lead the Patriots to a No.13 national ranking, a 23-4 record (equaling the program record for victories in a season), and 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.

Off the court, Blauen has been named to the PBC Presidential Honor Roll four 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 posted a 65-12 career singles record to rank third in program history for wins and a 72-16 doubles mark to rank second in all-time victories.

Blauen joins previous double honorees Monica Wofford (softball 2008), Katie Riley (women's soccer 2004), Fredrik Ohlsson (golf 2003), Matt Dura (golf 2003), Dylan Keylock (golf 2003), Juan Pablo Bossi (golf 2003), Katie Roberts (women's soccer 2002), Sam Lundkvist (men's tennis 1997), and Elizabeth Pidgeon (women's track and field 1997).

        Mona Blauen