SAVANNAH, Ga. - The top-ranked and defending NCAA Division II national champion Armstrong Atlantic State University women's tennis team began its quest for a fifth NCAA title out of the last six years with a 5-0 win over No. 32 Clayton State on Sunday morning in NCAA Southeast Regional action at Bacon Park.
The Pirates (25-1) advance to Monday's matchup with Georgia College - 5-3 winners over Augusta State - at 10:00 a.m. to determine who advances to the NCAA's Round of 16 in Surprise, Ariz. Clayton State sees its season come to a close at 10-12.
Armstrong swept all three doubles matches from the Lakers to take a 3-0 lead heading into singles play. The No. 2-ranked doubles duo of Aleksandra Filipovski and Barbora Krtickova blanke the Laker duo of Hannah Keeling and Charlotte Fabricius, 8-0, at No. 1 doubles, while the No. 6-ranked duo of Marlen Hacke and Olga Kalodzitsa beat Jessica Budd and Martina Dedaj, 8-2, at No. 2 doubles. Clara Perez and Natasa Vukovic upended Zinnia Leamana and Raluca Pavel, 8-4, to complete the doubles sweep.
No. 22-ranked Perez then collected a 6-1, 6-2 win over Dedaj at No. 2 singles while No. 3-ranked Krtickova beat Leamana, 6-2, 6-0, to clinch the victory for the Pirates, extending Armstrong's home court winning streak to 125 consecutive matches dating back to 2003.