FLORENCE, S.C. - The No. 4-ranked and second-seeded Armstrong State University men's tennis team defeated No. 14-ranked and seventh-seeded Georgia College, 5-1, to advance to the semifinals of the 2017 Peach Belt Conference Tournament at the Dr. Eddie Floyd Tennis Center in Florence, S.C.
The Pirates (17-6) advance to face third-seeded Lander - 5-2 winners over sixth-seeded USC Aiken - at 1 p.m. on Saturday. Georgia College falls to 9-11 on the season with the loss.
Armstrong State won two of three doubles matches to take a 2-1 lead heading into singles play. The No. 6-ranked doubles duo of Alberto Caceres Casas and Jan Porteset defeated Christian Graff and Kyle Kinsler, 8-5, at No. 1 doubles, while Ignacio Hernandez and Alvaro Cruz Chomorro downed Anton Waern and Nathan Connelly, 8-2, at No. 3 doubles. Georgia College's Pedro Ecenarro and Mattia Campus downed Bjorn Kurtze and Lorenzo Camilli, 8-5, at No. 2 doubles.
The Pirates then won three singles matches in straight sets to pick up the victory. Kurtze blanked Connelly, 6-2, 6-2, at No. 6 singles, then No. 48-ranked Hernandez beat Ecenarro, 6-4, 6-2, at No. 2 singles. Porteset then defeated Waern, 6-2, 6-1, at No. 3 singles for the clinching point.