No. 1 Pirates Head To Semifinals With 5-1 Win Over Hawaii Pacific
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The top-ranked Armstrong Atlantic State University men's tennis team advanced to the NCAA Semifinals with a 5-1 win over No. 6 Hawaii Pacific on Thursday afternoon at EP Tom Sawyer State Park in Louisville, Ky.
The Pirates (28-0) return to the semifinals for the first time since winning back-to-back NCAA DII National Championships in 2008 and 2009 with today's win over Hawaii Pacific, who falls to 15-5 on the season. Armstrong will face No. 3 Lynn at 1 p.m. on Friday in the semifinal match at the Top Gun Tennis Academy.
Armstrong took two of three doubles matches in a mirror of the regular season meeting between the two teams in March. Eudaldo Bonet and Matus Mydla collected a quick 8-0 win over Gerald Moretti and Stephan Weling at No. 3 doubles, while No. 17-ranked Sven Lalic and Pedro Scocuglia knocked off Adriana Locorotonto and Georgi Yordanov, 8-1, at No. 2 doubles. No. 4-ranked Patric Guenther and Petr Michnev of HPU upset top-ranked Georgi Rumenov and Mikk Irdoja, 8-5, at No. 1 doubles - handing the Pirates' duo only their second loss of the season, with the first coming to the same team back in March.
Needing three singles wins, the Pirates got a quick 6-2, 6-2 win by No. 3-ranked Bonet over No. 37-ranked Yordanov at No. 2 singles, while No. 12 Mydla followed with a 6-2, 6-1 win over Moretti at No. 4 singles. No. 28-ranked Lalic finished off the match with a 6-1, 6-2 win over Locorotondo at No. 5 singles.
In the regular season, Armstrong won a 9-0 matchup with Lynn on March 2nd in Savannah.