No. 1 Pirates Win 7-2 Battle Over No. 6 Cougars

SAVANNAH, Ga. - The top-ranked and defending NCAA Division II national champion Armstrong Atlantic State University women's tennis team knocked off No. 6 Columbus State, 7-2, on Friday afternoon at Bacon Park.

The matchup of the only two unbeaten Peach Belt schools left this season went the way of the Pirates (16-1, 8-0 PBC), while Columbus State fell to 15-2 overall and 9-1 in the league with the loss. Armstrong extends its current home unbeaten streak to 121 matches and its regular season Peach Belt unbeaten streak to 105 matches with the wins.

The Pirates jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead after doubles play as the No. 2-ranked duo of Aleksandra Filipovski and Barbora Krtickova upended the No. 7-ranked duo of Paola Cigui and Carolin Weikard, 8-4, at No. 1 doubles. The No. 6-ranked duo of Marlen Hacke and Olga Kalodzitsa beat Laura Chapman and Olivera Jokic, 8-3, at No. 2 doubles, while Clara Perez and Natasa Vukovic completed the doubles sweep with 1n 8-0 win over Renata Paiva and Andrea Redrado at No. 3 doubles.

Columbus State got its first point at No. 1 singles as the Pirates' No. 6-ranked Filipovski injured her ankle, up 2-1 in the first set against No. 2-ranked Cigui, forcing her to retire. No. 11-ranked Hacke claimed a 6-0, 6-3 win over Chapman at No. 4 singles for the Pirates, but CSU picked up another point at No. 2 singles with No. 44-ranked Weikard's 6-1, 6-0 upset win over No. 3-ranked Krtickova.

The Pirates clinched the match with No. 23-ranked Kalodzitsa's 6-2, 6-2 win over Redrado at No. 5 singles. No. 22-ranked Perez followed with a 6-2, 6-2 win over No. 45-ranked Jokic at No. 3 singles and Vukovic rounded out singles play with a 6-4, 6-0 win over Paiva at No. 6 singles.

Armstrong returns to action on Saturday, hosting Montevallo at 10:00 a.m. and Georgia Southwestern State at 1:30 p.m. in Peach Belt Conference action at Bacon Park.