Armstrong Atlantic wins top 5 match
Defending national champs make easy work of West Florida
VALDOSTA, Ga. -- The top-ranked and three-time defending DII national champion Armstrong Atlantic State University women's tennis team knocked off No. 5 West Florida, 8-1, in a top five showdown in Valdosta, Ga.
With the win, the Lady Pirates remain unbeaten on the season at 4-0, while the Lady Argonauts fell to 3-3 with the loss.
Armstrong swept all three doubles matches to take a 3-0 lead. The top-ranked doubles duo of Alida Muller-Wehlau and Barbora Krtickova blanked Caitlyn Barnes and Taylor Brewster, 8-0, at No. 1 doubles. Aleksandra Filipovski and Joanna Szymczyk collected an 8-6 win over Luiza Sonnervig and Jacqueline March at No. 2 doubles, while Kathleen Henry and Tina Ronel completed the sweep with an 8-6 win over Mariana Sonnervig and Yana Bokareva at No. 3 doubles.
The Pirates then won five of six singles matches to clinch the match. Top-ranked Muller-Wehlau completed her perfect day on the court with a 6-0, 6-0 win over Bokareva at No. 1 singles, while eighth-ranked Krtickova knocked off Brewster, 6-2, 6-3, at No. 2 singles and Filipovski notched a 6-3, 6-2 win over Luiza Sonnervig at No. 3 singles.
Ronel beat Baines, 6-3, 7-6, at No. 4 singles and No. 10-ranked Szymczyk earned a 6-3, 6-3 win over March at No. 5 singles. West Florida's only point came at No. 6 singles as Mariana Sonnervig knocked off No. 25-ranked Kathleen Henry in a third-set tiebreak, 7-6, 2-6, (10-6) - Henry's first dual match loss since joining the Lady Pirates as a freshman in 2009.
Armstrong returns to action on Sunday, taking on Embry-Riddle at 10:00 a.m. and Georgia Southwestern State at 2:00 p.m.