AUGUSTA, GA – Four Francis Marion University tennis players were recently honored for their work in the classroom. Junior Jitka Gavdunova and sophomore Mona Blauen were named to the PBC Women’s Tennis All-Academic squad, while sophomore Kerry Hall earned honorable mention recognition. Senior Karl Rogers was selected to the Men’s Tennis All-Academic squad.
Gavdunova is majoring in marketing and owns a 3.51 grade point average. Blauen has a 3.63 GPA as a management major, while Hall has a 3.81 GPA as a management major.
Rogers received a B.B.A. degree in finance at FMU’s commencement exercises earlier this month. He had compiled a 3.36 grade point average.
Gavdunova was 15-1 in singles play at the No. 1 position and ranked 13th nationally among NCAA Division II players. Her lone loss was to the then No.1-ranked singles player in Division II. She and Blauen posted a 12-4 doubles record and ranked 12th nationally.
A native of Vejprty, Czech Republic, Gavdunova is a two-time All-Conference selection and owns a 53-6 career singles record.
Blauen, a native of Cologne, Germany, compiled a 13-2 singles mark at the No. 2 spot, and is ranked 43rd nationally. She was 10-2 against PBC competition and earned All-Conference recognition.
Hall, a native of Westville, Natal, South Africa, was 10-6 in singles play and 12-6 in doubles.
The three helped the Patriot women to an 11-7 record and a Top 30 national ranking.
Rogers, of Killiney, Ireland, was 5-10 in singles play and ranked 13th nationally in doubles with a 10-8 record while gaining All-PBC honors. FMU posted a 10-8 record and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the fourth straight season.
The teams are part of a season-long program recognizing the outstanding accomplishments of PBC student-athletes in the classroom as well as on the field. To be eligible for the All-Academic team, a student-athlete must participate in at least half of his/her team’s events and be either a starter or significant contributor, achieve a 3.30 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale), and have completed at least one full academic year at his/her current institution.
Founded in 1991, the Peach Belt consists of 13 member institutions in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida and Alabama. In its short history, the conference boasts 26 NCAA Division II national championships.
2011 Peach Belt Conference Women's Tennis All-Academic Team
Player (School) Yr. Hometown GPA Major
Mona Blauen (Francis Marion) So. Cologne, Germany 3.63 Management
Tracy Castillo (Columbus State) So. Aachen, Germany 3.65 Psychology
Marie Cercelletti (Clayton State) Jr. Domvallier, France 3.41 Marketing
Marina Ferreira (Augusta State) So. Belo Horizonte, Brazil 3.76 Management
Jitka Gavdunova (Francis Marion) Jr. Vejprty, Czech Rep 3.51 Marketing
Kathleen Henry (Armstrong Atlantic St.) Jr. Anderson, S.C. 3.59 Economics
Stephanie Humphrey (USC Aiken) Sr. Harpenden, England 3.86 Communications
Ivana Krommelova (Clayton State) So. Nove Zamky, Slovakia3.73 Management
Mollie McGowan (Ga. Southwestern) So. Americus, Ga. 3.93 Chemistry/Pre-Pharmacy
Alida Muller-Wehlau (Armstrong Atlantic St.) Sr. Flensburg, Germany 3.57 Economics
Calli Robinson (Montevallo) Sr. Adel, Ga. 3.84 Communication Studies
Viktoriya Semyrodenko (Clayton St.) Sr. Donetsk, Ukraine 3.37 Health & Fitness Mgmt.
Honorable Mention: Kodi Bobo (Montevallo), Rachel Gould (Flagler), Kerry Hall (Francis Marion), Michelle Lingner (Georgia College), Kim Lochner (Georgia College), Amy McGucken (Montevallo), Helene Nordgreen (Montevallo), Andrea Redrado (Columbus St.), Gabby Scammacca (Flagler), Melanie Schnieder (USC Aiken), Stasa Vujosevic (North Georgia).
2011 Peach Belt Conference Men's Tennis All-Academic Team
Player (School) Yr. Hometown GPA Major
Robert Angelucci (Georgia College) Jr. Acworth, Ga. 3.65 Mathematics
Ryan Bartz (Ga. Southwestern) So. Warner Robins, Ga. 3.54 Engineering
Henrique Boturao (Augusta State) Jr. Santos, Brazil 3.60 Finance
Filip Cojbasic (Columbus State) Sr. Cacak, Serbia 3.96 Finance
David Cotrone (Flagler) Sr. Bradenton, Fla. 3.30 Business (Religion)
Ben Klaas (USC Aiken) So. Kuala Lampur, Malaysia 3.67 Business Management
Jerome Leborgne (Georgia College) Jr. Coordimanche, Germany 3.88 Mathematics
Carlos Marques (Lander) Sr. Uba, Brazil 3.65 Business Admin.
Christophe Noblet (Columbus State) Sr. Le Seyne Sur Mer, France 3.66 Sport Science
Victor Piñones-Haltenhoff (Ga. Sthwestrn) Sr. Barcelona, Spain 3.53 Marketing
Karl Rogers (Francis Marion) Sr. Killiney, Ireland 3.36 Finance
Adrien Saulais (North Georgia) Jr. Koonung, Australia 3.32 Marketing