FLORENCE, SC – The 27th-ranked Francis Marion University men's tennis team rallied from an early deficit to edge 50th-ranked and previously unbeaten Mount Olive College 6-3, while the 11th-ranked Patriot women beat the Mount Olive women 8-1, Friday afternoon (March 22) in non-conference action on the Kassab Courts.
The FMU women improve to 15-1 with their 54th consecutive win against unranked opponents – dating back to early in the 2009 season. The Patriots are currently riding an overall eight-match winning streak.
The Francis Marion men have won five straight matches to climb to 10-3 on the season, while they handed Mount Olive (9-1) its first loss of 2013.
After losing two of the three double matches, the Francis Marion men earned wins in five of the six singles matches, including a clinching 6-3, 6-3 victory by sophomore Marius Wahlier at the No.6 position.
The women dropped only two games in sweeping the three doubles matches. Senior Mona Blauen and sophomore Julia Graf won 8-2 at No.1 doubles, giving Blauen her 64th career doubles win (against only 14 defeats) and sole possession of third place on the Patriots' all-time list. She passed FMU Athletic Hall of Fame member Lee Whitwell (63-20), who now drops to fourth place.
Both Graf (14-0) and freshman Lena Specht (13-0) remained unbeaten in singles competition this season with wins at the No.2 and No.4 positions.
Both the Francis Marion women and men will play at Georgia Southwestern State University on Sunday at 3 p.m. The match was originally set for 11 a.m., but pushed back four hours due to forecasted rain.
Men's Tennis Match Results
Mar 22, 2013 at Florence, SC #27 Francis Marion University 6, #50 Mount Olive College 3 Singles competition
1. Edgar Bub (MOCM) def. #10 Alex Caspari (FMU) 7-5, 1-6, 6-3
2. Gavin Davison (FMU) def. Gabriel Santana (MOCM) 6-1, 6-1
3. Arnaud Holl (FMU) def. Henric Falkenburg (MOCM) 6-3, 4-6, 6-3
4. Eimon Heywood (FMU) def. Rik Wolthuis (MOCM) 6-2, 6-3
5. Tim Ruepke (FMU) def. Akio Mariano (MOCM) 4-6, 6-2, 10-4
6. Marius Wahlier (FMU) def. Brahm Moolman (MOCM) 6-3, 6-3 Doubles competition
1. #12 Alex Caspari/Gavin Davison (FMU) def. Edgar Bub/Rik Wolthuis (MOCM) 9-7
2. Henric Falkenburg/Akio Mariano (MOCM) def. Tim Ruepke/Marius Wahlier (FMU) 8-6
3. Gabriel Santana/Brahm Moolman (MOCM) def. Eimon Heywood/Arnaud Holl (FMU) 8-6 Match Notes: Mount Olive College 9-1; National ranking #50
Francis Marion University 10-3; National ranking #27; Regional ranking #8
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles () T-4:35 A-25 Women's Tennis Match Results
Mar 22, 2013 at Florence, SC #11 Francis Marion University 8, Mount Olive College 1 Singles competition
1. #25 Mona Blauen (FMU_W) def. Molly Sue Lentini (MOCW) 6-3, 6-0
2. Julia Graf (FMU_W) def. Francesca Ceppi (MOCW) 6-1, 6-4
3. Kimberley Hurter (FMU_W) def. Roxanne Chouinard (MOCW) 6-0, 6-0
4. Lena Specht (FMU_W) def. Maite Belloso (MOCW) 6-0, 6-2
5. Caitlin Siney (FMU_W) def. Paulina Delgado (MOCW) 6-1, 6-2
6. Nicole Karas (MOCW) def. Kerry Hall (FMU_W), by default Doubles competition
1. #17 Mona Blauen/Julia Graf (FMU_W) def. Molly Sue Lentini/Francesca Ceppi (MOCW) 8-2
2. Lena Specht/Kimberley Hurter (FMU_W) def. Roxanne Chouinard/Maite Belloso (MOCW) 8-0
3. Tereza Baranova/Kerry Hall (FMU_W) def. Samara Paldinho/Paulina Delgado (MOCW) 8-0 Match Notes: Mount Olive College 6-5
Francis Marion University 15-1; National ranking #11; Regional ranking #3
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles () A-25