SAVANNAH, Ga. - The top-ranked NCAA Division II Armstrong Atlantic State University women's tennis team upended Division I foe Kennesaw State, 7-0, on Friday afternoon in the Pirates' 2013 home opener.
Armstrong improved to 2-0 on the season, while Kennesaw State - former foes of the Pirates in the Peach Belt Conference but now members of the Atlantic Sun Conference - falls to 0-4 on the young season.
The Pirates rallied to take the doubles point in the Division I-scoring format used in the match. Armstrong's Marlen Hacke and Olga Kalodzitsa claimed an 8-1 win at No. 2 doubles over Jana Hueckinghaus and Tamara Plocher, while Kennesaw State's Alexandra Apostu and Virginie Stein collected an 8-5 win over Aleksandra Filipovski and Barbora Krtickova at No. 1 doubles. Clara Perez and Natasha Vukovic rallied from a 5-2 deficit to pick up an 8-6 win over Therese Lagerkvist and Isabela Castro to give Armstrong the doubles point.
In singles, the Pirates clinched the victory with quick straight-set singles wins from Hacke over Hueckinghaus at No. 3 singles, 6-2, 6-0; Perez at No. 4 singles over Plocher, 6-0, 6-1 and Filipovski over Apostu at No. 2 singles, 6-3, 6-3.
Kalodzitsa knocked off Lagerkvist, 6-3, 6-3, at No. 5 singles, while Vukovic rallied for a third-set 3-6, 6-4, (10-6) win over Castro at No. 6 singles and Krtickova similarly rallied for a 4-6, 6-2, (12-10) win over Stein at No. 1 singles.
Armstrong returns to action on Sunday, February 10, hosting Saint Leo at 11:00 a.m. at Bacon Park.