Armstrong Atlantic State advances to semifinals with 5-0 win vs. Midwestern
SURPRISE, Ariz. -- No. 2-ranked and defending national champion Armstrong Atlantic State advanced to the semifinals of the 2013 NCAA Division II Men's Tennis Championship with a 5-0 win against No. 17 Midwestern State on Thursday.
The Pirates (26-1) will now face third-ranked West Florida -- 5-1 winners against UC San Diego in other quarterfinal action Thursday -- on Friday in one national semifinal match at the Surprise Racquet & Tennis Complex. No. 1 Barry faces No. 6 Concordia in the other semifinal.
Armstrong picked up two quick doubles wins to start off the day as No. 1-ranked Dan Regan and Georgi Rumenov beat No. 14-ranked Luke Joyce and Colby Meeks 8-5 at No. 1 doubles, while Jaan Kononov and Matus Mydla beat Tomas Grejtak and Zack Santagate 8-1 at No. 2 doubles.
The No. 5-ranked duo of Sven Lalic and Pedro Scocuglia trailed Austin Crawford and Kyle Davidson 6-4 late in their No. 2 doubles match. The duo fought off match point at 6-7, then foced a tiebreaker in which they eventually prevailed 7-4 to give Armstrong a commanding 3-0 lead heading into singles play.
The Pirates picked up first-set singles wins in all six singles matches. Pablo Gor notched a 6-1, 6-1 win against Crawford at No. 6 singles, then No. 1 Rumenov clinched the semifinals berth with a 6-0, 6-2 win against Davidson at No. 2 singles.
Friday's semifinal matchup is a rematch of the 2012 national championship match in which the Pirates won 5-0 for the program's third title. The two teams were scheduled to meet in the regular season in 2013 but the match was rained out.