No. 1 Pirates Capture 10th Straight PBC Women's Tennis Tournament Title
FLORENCE, S.C. - The top-ranked and top-seeded Armstrong Atlantic State University women's tennis team completed a decade of dominance in the Peach Belt Conference by capturing the school's 10th straight PBC Tournament Title on Sunday morning with a 5-0 win over No. 6 Columbus State University at the Dr. Eddie Floyd Florence Tennis Center.
The Pirates (24-1) have won the last 10 regular season PBC titles and added a 10th straight league tournament crown to that ledger today in blanking the Cougars (20-3), who have lost to just two teams this season - the top-ranked Pirates twice and No. 4 BYU-Hawaii.
Armstrong has won 12 of 14 PBC Tournament titles since the league abandoned the flighted format after the 1999 season and the Pirates have won 19 of 22 overall tournament titles in league history.
The Pirates got off to a good start against the Cougars by sweeping all three doubles matches. The No. 2-ranked doubles duo of Barbora Krtickova and Aleksandra Filipovski downed the No. 7-ranked duo of Paola Cigui and Carolin Weikard, 8-5, at No. 1 doubles. No. 6-ranked Marlen Hacke and Olga Kalodzitsa claimed an 8-2 win over Laura Chapman and Olivera Jokic at No. 2 doubles, while Clara Perez and Natasa Vukovic beat Andrea Redrado and Renata Paiva, 8-2, at No. 3 doubles.
Armstrong then clinched the title with No. 11-ranked Hacke's 6-2, 6-1 win over Chapman at No. 4 singles and No. 3-ranked Krtickova's 7-6 (2), 6-1 win over No. 45-ranked Jokic at No. 3 singles.
Krtickova was named the 2013 PBC Tournament Singles MVP, while Krtickova and Filipovski were named the 2013 PBC Tournament Doubles MVP.
By virtue of the tournament title, Armstrong will now advance to the 2013 NCAA Division II National Championships on April 27-29 in an attempt to defend its 2012 national championship. The field will be announced for the championship on April 23rd at 8:00 p.m.