SAVANNAH, Ga. - No. 3-ranked and visiting Lynn University halted the longest current consecutive home match winning streak in collegiate tennis Saturday, defeating top-ranked and two-time defending NCAA Division II national champion Armstrong State Universith 5-1 at the Armstrong Tennis Complex.
The Pirates (3-1) tasted defeat at home for the first time in 167 matches, when Georgia College downed Armstrong State by a 7-2 score on March 13, 2003. Lynn improved to 4-0 with the win.
The Knights did it thanks to a doubles sweep that put Lynn up by a 3-0 score heading into singles play. The top-ranked doubles duo of Diana Bogolii and Roaslie Willig edged No. 2-ranked Lena Lutzeier and Diana Stomlega, 8-6, at No. 1 doubles, while Grace Mpassy and Stefanie Stemmer downed Paula Boixader Roca and Tatjana Stoll, 8-2, at No. 2 doubles. Martina Gledacheva and Tereza Hejlova finished the sweep with an 8-3 win over Tamri Chalaganidze and Alice Patch at No. 3 doubles.
In singles, No. 11-ranked Lutzeier gave the Pirates their only point with a 6-3, 6-3 win over No. 12-ranked Bogolii at No. 1 singles. Gledacheva defeated Patch, 6-2, 6-2, at No. 4 singles for the Knights, while No. 39-ranked Stemmer downed Boixader Roca, 6-4, 6-2, at No. 5 singles. The rest of the singles matches were unfinished after the match was clinched.