Armstrong Atlantic stays unbeaten
Singles sweep gives Pirates win against Columbus State
SAVANNAH, Ga. - The No. 3-ranked Armstrong Atlantic State University men's tennis team remained unbeaten on the 2011 season with an 8-1 Peach Belt Conference victory against visiting and No. 13-ranked Columbus State on Friday afternoon at Bacon Park.
The Pirates (9-0, 4-0 PBC) won two of three doubles matches, then swept all six singles matches from the Cougars (7-2, 1-2 PBC) to clinch the match.
Armstrong won at No. 3 doubles as eighth-ranked Eudaldo Bonet and Daniel Regan beat No. 22-ranked Filip Cojbasic and Martin Shishkov, 8-5, but Columbus State picked up a doubles point at No. 2 doubles as Pasqual Duttlinger and Andre Mordhorst beat Matus Mydla and Pedro Scocuglia, 8-3. The Pirates then claimed a pivotal doubles point at No. 1 as top-ranked Rafael Array and Mikk Irdoja beat No. 12-ranked Gordan Divljak and Christophe Noblet, 9-7.
No. 2-ranked Bonet started off singles quickly with a 6-3, 6-1 victory against Divljak at No. 2 singles, then Scocuglia came up with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Olivier Simonet at No. 6 singles and fourth-ranked Irdoja beat No. 52-ranked Noblet, 6-4, 6-3, at No. 1 singles to clinch the match.
All three of the other singles matches went to three sets. No. 13-ranked Array picked up the win at No. 3 singles when Duttlinger had to retire due to an injury in the third set with Array leading 1-6, 6-1, 4-2. No. 30-ranked Mydla beat Mordhorst, 4-6, 6-0, 6-0, at No. 4 singles and No. 21-ranked Regan beat Shishkov, 4-6, 6-1, 6-2, at No. 5 singles to finish off the match.