No. 2 Pirates hand Lander first loss
Pirates use team effort to keep perfect record intact
GREENWOOD, S.C. - No. 2-ranked and undefeated Armstrong Atlantic is the last unbeaten team in the Peach Belt standings after a convincing 8-1 win over No. 11 Lander on Saturday afternoon at the Joe Cabri Courts in Greenwood, S.C.
The Pirates (17-0, 7-0 PBC) now sit a half game ahead of Lander (16-1, 7-1 PBC) and a game ahead of Flagler in the conference standings after Saturday's victory over the Bearcats.
Armstrong won two of three doubles matches to take a 2-1 lead. The top-ranked duo of Mikk Irdoja and Rafael Array downed Paul-Henri Arrigoni and Carlos Marques, 8-4, at No. 1 doubles, while the No. 20-ranked duo of Matus Mydla and Pedro Scocuglia defeated Oscar Perman and Christopher Mattsson, 8-3, at No. 2 doubles. Lander's doubles point came at No. 3 doubles as Oscar Axelsson and Henrik Willers upset No. 8-ranked Eudaldo Bonet and Daniel Regan, 8-6.
The Pirates then swept all six singles matches from the Bearcats. Fourth-ranked Irdoja beat No. 19-ranked Arrigoni, 6-1, 6-0, at No. 1 singles, while No. 2-ranked Bonet beat No. 40-ranked Willers, 6-1, 6-1, at No. 2 singles. No. 30-ranked Mydla claimed a 6-0, 6-4 win over Marques at No. 3 singles.
No. 13-ranked Array won a third-set 10-point tiebreak to beat Perman, 6-7, 6-1, (10-4) at No. 4 singles and No. 21-ranked Regan beat Axelsson, 6-1, 6-1, at No. 5 singles. Scocuglia completed the singles sweep with a 6-4, 6-1 win over Mattsson at No. 6 singles.