SAVANNAH, Ga. - The No. 3-ranked and defending NCAA Division II national champion Armstrong State University women's tennis team earned its 21st straight trip to the Round of 16 with a 5-0 win over No. 25-ranked Francis Marion on Monday morning at Bacon Park.
The Pirates (28-1) will now head to Denver, Colo., for the National Championships, which begin on Wednesday, May 18, as a part of the DII Spring Sports Festival. Armstrong State's first-round opponent will be No. 5-ranked Lynn (22-3), who advanced out of the South #2 regional. The Pirates have been a part of the NCAA's Round of 16 every year since 1995. Francis Marion sees its season come to a close with a 20-7 record.
The win was also the 164th straight home win for Armstrong State dating back to 2003, the longest consecutive home winning streak in collegiate tennis. The Pirates will look to continue that streak in 2017 when Armstrong State returns to campus as construction of its new tennis complex will be completed by then. The Pirates also head to Denver seeking to extend its record for the most DII women's tennis championships in NCAA history - last year, Armstrong State won its ninth title with a 5-2 win over Barry.
The regional matchup against the Patriots saw Armstrong State pick up a 3-0 lead after doubles play as the duo of Nicole Fossa Huergo and Lena Pacholski blanked Anilu Barraza Araiza and Sofia Henning, 8-0, at No. 3 doubles. The No. 3-ranked duo of Lena Lutzeier and Diana Stomlega notched an 8-4 win over Samantha Koelliker and Marie Krueger at No. 1 doubles, then Alejandra Cisneros and Carolina Prats-Millan finished the doubles sweep with an 8-6 win over Eva Lieben and Anna Wintrich at No. 2 doubles.
The Pirates clinched their berth in the Round of 16 with a pair of 6-0, 6-0 singles wins - Pacholski defeated Kristel Kalm at No. 6 singles and No. 9-ranked Cisneros beat Henning at No. 3 singles.
The No. 2-ranked Armstrong State University men's tennis team advanced to the NCAA Division II Round of 16 in Denver, Colo., with a 5-2 win over No. 22-ranked North Georgia on Monday afternoon at Bacon Park.
The Pirates (24-2) will take part in the Round of 16 on May 18-21 in Denver, part of the NCAA Division II Spring Sports Festival. Armstrong State's first-round opponent will be Atlantic 2 region winner Edinboro (23-3). North Georgia, which won its first NCAA postseason match on Sunday with its 5-3 win over Georgia College, sees its season come to a close with an 18-8 record.
North Georgia won two of three doubles matches from the Pirates to take a 2-1 lead heading into singles play. The duo of Joe Klokow and Alexander Reinauer defeated Luca Cerin and Otakar Lucak, 8-4, at No. 3 doubles, then Philipp Mueller and Niklas Zielen downed No. 10-ranked Alberto Caceres Casas and Jan Porteset, 8-4, at No. 1 doubles. Armstrong State picked up its doubles point at No. 2 doubles as No. 12-ranked Pablo Gor Costales and Ignacio Hernandez defeated Andre Canino and Lukas Moritzen, 9-8 (4).
Armstrong State then clinched the match with four straight-set singles wins, beginning with a 6-1, 6-2 win by Casas at No. 6 singles over Canino. Porteset downed Mortizen, 6-1, 6-2, at No. 5 singles, then No. 5-ranked Gor defeated No. 35-ranked Mueller, 6-1, 6-2, at No. 1 singles. No. 34-ranked Hernandez clinched the match with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Hugues Renald at No. 4 singles.
The Pirates have advanced to the NCAA semifinals each of the last two season and won the NCAA Division II National Championship in 2008, 2009 and 2012.
(From Armstrong State University Reports)