FLORENCE, SC – Four Francis Marion University tennis players were named to the Peach Belt Conference 2012 All-Conference Teams. The announcements were made at the recent PBC Championship Tournaments in Greenwood, S.C.
Senior Jitka Gavdunova and junior Mona Blauen were named to the first-team All-PBC women’s singles squad, and both earned first-team All-Conference recognition for their doubles play as well.
Junior Alex Caspari was named to the first-team All-PBC men’s singles squad, while Caspari and freshman Gavin Davison received first-team All-PBC doubles honors.
Gavdunova previously earned All-Conference honors in 2011 for singles and in both 2011 and 2009 for doubles. Blauen garnered first-team doubles and second-team singles accolades in 2011. Caspari earned second-team All-Conference honors in doubles last year.
Gavdunova, a native of Vejprty, Czech Republic, is 17-2 in singles play at the No. 1 position, including 10-2 in Peach Belt play, and is ranked 11th nationally. She owns a 70-8 career singles record.
Blauen, a native of Cologne, Germany, has compiled an 18-1 singles mark at the No. 2 spot, and is ranked 21st nationally in singles play. She was 11-1 against PBC competition.
The two have combined to post an 18-2 doubles record and are ranked seventh among all Division II duos. They were 11-1 during the Peach Belt regular season.
Caspari, a native of Hurth, Germany, has compiled a 14-2 singles mark at the No. 1 position, including 8-1 in conference play, and is ranked 13th nationally. Six of his victories have come against nationally ranked opponents.
Caspari and Davison combined for a 12-4 doubles record at the No. 1 position and are ranked fifth in the latest national rankings. Three of their losses have been to nationally ranked opponents. Davison hails from Bingley, England.
The 10th-ranked Francis Marion men are 10-6 and will play in the NCAA Division II Tournament’s Southeast Regional on Monday against Georgia College in Savannah, Ga. The Patriot women, also ranked 10th, own a 17-3 mark and will play Wingate University on Sunday in the Division II Southeast Regional in Columbus, Ga.