Armstrong shuts out Lynn 9-0
Pirates post third victory against top-10 team this season
SAVANNAH, Ga. -- Third-ranked Armstrong Atlantic State knocked off its third top 10-ranked team of the season with a 9-0 victory against No. 5 Lynn in the 2012 home opener on Friday at Bacon Park.
The Pirates improved to 7-0, while Lynn suffered its first loss of the dual match season, falling to 8-1.
Armstrong swept all three doubles matches to take an early 3-0 lead against the Knights. Mikk Irdoja and Georgi Rumenov collected an 8-3 win against fourth-ranked Vlad Cirla and Amaury Van Haelen at No. 1 doubles, while Eudaldo Bonet and Matus Mydla downed George Laffey and Max Kouyate 8-2 at No. 3 doubles.
Sven Lalic and Pedro Scocuglia fell behind the eighth-ranked duo of Luca Pavanelli and Willi Wolfer at No. 2 doubles but rallied for a 9-7 win to earn the doubles sweep.
The Pirates then won all six singles matches, four of which came in straight-sets. Rumenov beat his second top-five ranked singles opponent of the year with a 6-3, 6-2 win against No. 5 Wolfer at No. 1 singles, while Irdoja bested Pavanelli 6-3, 6-3 at No. 3 singles. Ninth-ranked Mydla beat Kouyate 6-4, 6-1 at No. 4 singles and Lalic knocked off Van Haelen 6-3, 6-1 at No. 5 singles.
Scocuglia won a 10-point tiebreak in beating Benji Kendall 4-6, 6-2 (10-8) at No. 6 singles, and second-ranked Bonet outlasted No. 12 Cirla 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 at No. 2 singles.