Savannah, GA – The Armstrong women’s and men’s tennis team won the Peach Belt Conference tournament title today, Sunday April 24th. They both defeated Columbus State. This is the lady Pirates thirteenth straight title win and their 22nd overall. This is the men’s eleventh win out of their last twelve seasons. Both the men’s and women’s team earn an automatic bid to the NCAA Double A Championships.
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FLORENCE, S.C. – The top-seeded and No. 3-ranked Armstrong State University women’s tennis team captured its 13th straight Peach Belt Conference tournament title with a 5-0 win over second-seeded and No. 8-ranked Columbus State University on Sunday at the Dr. Eddie Floyd Florence Tennis Center in Florence, S.C.
The Pirates (26-1) also notched the 22nd overall PBC Tournament title in the 26-year history of the tournament. Armstrong State earns the league’s automatic bid into the NCAA Championships and will find out its regional opponents in a NCAA.com selection show on May 3rd. Columbus State falls to 19-6 on the season.
Armstrong State swept all three doubles matches from the Cougars to take a commanding 3-0 lead heading into singles play. Carolina Prats-Millan and Alice Patch picked up an 8-3 win over Rachael Williams and Oliviera Tadijin at No. 3 doubles, then Nicole Fossa Huergo and Lena Pacholski collected an 8-2 win over Beatriz Leon and Giorgia Vitale at No. 2 doubles. No. 3-ranked Lena Lutzeier and Diana Stomlega finished off the doubles sweep with an 8-3 win over No. 10-ranked Camila Tobar and Kirsa Utech at No. 1 doubles.
The Pirates then clinched the title with a pair of straight-set singles wins. No. 48-ranked Prats-Millan beat Tadijin, 6-1, 6-1, at No. 3 singles, then Patch defeated Williams, 6-1, 6-1, at No. 6 singles.
FLORENCE, S.C. – The No. 3-ranked Armstrong State University men’s tennis team picked up a hard-fought 5-2 win over No. 10 Columbus State to win the 2016 Peach Belt Conference Tournament Championship on Sunday afternoon at the Dr. Eddie Floyd Florence Tennis Center in Florence, S.C.
The tournament win is the 11th out of the last 12 seasons for the Pirates (22-2), who also earn the automatic bid into the NCAA Championships. Columbus State falls to 17-5 on the season.
The match played out quite differently than the regular season matchup in which the Pirates won, 9-0, in Columbus in March. Armstrong State won two of three singles matches to take a 2-1 lead heading into singles play. PBC Tournament Doubles MVPs Jan Porteset and Alberto Caceres Casas defeated No. 10-ranked Marco Almorin and Maciej Kierkus, 8-3, at No. 1 doubles, while Otakar Lucak and Luca Cerin defeated Jorge Vargas and Martynas Zakaitis, 8-2, at No. 3 doubles. CSU’s Zach Whaanga and KP Pannu upset No. 7-ranked Pablo Gor Costales and Ignacio Hernandez, 9-7, at No. 2 doubles for the Cougars’ doubles point.
The Pirates won five of six first sets in singles play. No. 38-ranked Hernandez picked up the first singles point for Armstrong State with a 6-2, 6-0 win over Whaanga at No. 4 singles, but CSU picked up a point at No. 1 singles as No. 30-ranked Pannu upset No. 7 Gor, 6-2, 6-0, to make the score 3-2.
At No. 5 singles, Porteset led Kierkus, 6-4, 6-5, serving at 30-all when a volley from Porteset was called out by Kierkus. The chair umpire overruled the call, making it 40-30 in favor of Porteset. The overrule was the third in the set, resulting in a point penalty against Kierkus and ended the match, 6-4, 7-5.
Less than a minute later, No. 22-ranked Lucak clinched the match with a 6-1, 2-6, 6-2 win over Almorin at No. 2 singles.