AIKEN, S.C. - The No. 3-ranked Armstrong State University men's tennis squad overcame a 2-1 doubles deficit to knock off No. 39-ranked USC Aiken, 6-3, in Peach Belt Conference men's tennis action on Friday afternoon in Aiken, S.C.
The Pirates (5-1, 1-0 PBC) defeated the Pacers (3-2, 0-1 PBC) in both team's league opener on Friday. Armstrong State returns to action on Saturday, traveling to No. 27 Francis Marion for a 1:00 p.m. contest against the Patriots.
USC Aiken took a 2-1 lead over the Pirates after doubles play with close wins at No. 2 and No. 3 doubles. Antonio Sabugueiro and Tales Silva defeated Lorenzo Camilli and Bjorn Kurtze, 8-6, at No. 2 doubles, while Hunter Lathrop and Wojciech Adamek edged Jan Porteset and Alvaro Cruz Chomorro, 8-6, at No. 3 doubles. The Pirates picked up a point at No. 1 doubles as Luca Cerin and Ignacio Hernandez defated Mathias Degardin and Julien Tan, 8-5.
The Pirates won five of six singles matches to clinch the match. No. 28-ranked Cerin defeated Degardin, 3-6, 6-1, 6-2, at No. 1 singles, while No. 22-ranked Hernandez beat No. 45-ranked Tan, 6-2, 6-1, at No. 3 singles. Porteset beat Lathrop, 7-6, 3-6, 7-6 at No. 4 singles and Cruz Chomorro downed Adamek, 7-5, 6-3, at No. 5 singles. Camilli beat Alvaro Garcia Gil, 6-3, 6-3, at No. 6 singles. USC Aiken's singles point came at No. 2 singles as Sabugueiro defeated Kurtze, 6-4, 6-2, at No. 2 singles.