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FLORENCE, S.C. -- Armstrong Atlantic captured its ninth consecutive Peach Belt Conference Tournament title with a 5-1 win against No. 8-ranked Columbus State on Sunday at the Dr. Eddie Floyd Florence Tennis Center.

The Pirates (22-1) earned the league's automatic bid into the NCAA championships. Columbus State (17-3) will await word of a possible at-large berth into the NCAAs, which will be announced on April 23rd.

Armstrong won two of three matches to take a 2-1 lead heading into singles play. The top-ranked doubles duo of Dan Regan and Georgi Rumenov beat Olivier Simonet and Marco Almorin 8-1 at No. 1 doubles, while Matus Mydla and Jaan Kononov beat Adi Malicbegovic and Danilo Sardelli 8-2 at No. 3 doubles. Columbus State picked up a point at No. 2 doubles as Quentin Rayniere and Gordon Divljak upset No. 6-ranked Sven Lalic and Pedro Scocuglia 8-4 at No. 2 doubles.

Singles play saw the Pirates come up with two quick straight-set singles wins as No. 5-ranked Mydla beat Simonet 6-1, 6-1 at No. 1 singles, while No. 24-ranked Lalic beat Almorin 6-0, 6-1 at No. 2 singles. With three other singles matches in or heading to third sets, it took No. 1-ranked Rumenov to clinch the title for the Pirates with a 6-4, 6-3 win over Divljak at No. 2 singles.

Mydla was named the PBC Tournament singles MVP, while Regan and Rumenov were named the PBC Tournament doubles MVP.