SAVANNAH, Ga. - The NCAA Division II national champion Armstrong Atlantic State University women's tennis team topped the final ITA Division II National Rankings, released late Wednesday by the organization. The Pirates also had five players featured in the final singles and doubles rankings.
Armstrong finishes 2013 as the top-ranked team in the land after capturing the school's eighth NCAA Division II Women's Tennis national championship on May 11 in Surprise, Ariz., downing BYU-Hawaii by a 5-3 score. The eighth title is the most for any DII program in women's tennis history and, in addition to successfully defending its 2012 title, the Pirates have won five out of the last six national championships dating back to 2008. Armstrong finished the 2013 season with a 30-1 overall record.
Individually, junior Aleksandra Filipovski tops the Pirates' list of players earning final singles national rankings, coming in at No. 3. Filipovski went 18-2 during the dual match season in singles and beat five nationally-ranked opponents during the spring, including wins over No. 12 Ielyzaveta Rybakova of Hawaii Pacific and No. 22 Elisabeth Abanda of Barry in Arizona at the National Championships.
Sophomore Clara Perez finishes the year at No. 8, capping a meteoric rise from her freshman season in 2011 in which she finished her debut campaign ranked No. 31. Perez was an unbeaten 23-0 this spring in singles play. Junior Barbora Krtickova finished the year ranked No. 17 in singles after fashioning a 20-5 record in the spring, while junior Marlen Hacke finished ranked No. 18 in singles with a 25-2 singles mark, including the national championship-clinching win against the Seasiders. Junior Olga Kalodzitsa rounds out the Pirates' singles rankings, checking in at No. 35 after a 22-2 record this spring.
In doubles, the duo of Filipovski and Krtickova finish the season ranked No. 2 after a campaign that saw them win the ITA "Super Bowl" of Small College Tennis, advance to the ITA National Indoor Championships and put together an overall 38-9 record in doubles this year, including a 21-6 record this spring. Hacke and Kalodzitsa wrapped up the season ranked No. 8 in doubles after going an unbeaten 29-0 this spring.
Click here to view the complete final 2013 ITA Division II Women's Tennis national rankings.