Armstrong Atlantic St. stays unbeaten
Lady Pirates start strong in doubles and cruise to top-10 victory
LAS VEGAS, Nev. - Top-ranked and three-time defending Division II national champion Armstrong Atlantic State finished its Las Vegas trip with a 4-0 mark after knocking off No. 6-ranked Abilene Christian 7-2 on Thusday morning at the Darling Tennis Center.
The Lady Pirates (14-0) remained unbeaten on the season while Abilene Christian (13-5) dropped its second match in Vegas to a top five-ranked team after suffering an 8-1 loss to Lynn earlier in the week.
Armstrong won two of three doubles matches to take a 2-1 lead into singles play. Alida Muller-Wehlau and Joanna Szymczyk claimed an 8-4 win against Micah Hermsdorf and Lauren White at No. 3 doubles, while Kathleen Henry and Tina Ronel defeated Cassie Carver and Hannah Kelley 9-8(7) at No. 2 doubles. The Wildcats' lone doubles point came at No. 1 slot as third-ranked Julia Mongin and Jaclyn Walker beat Aleksandra Filipovski and Barbora Krtickova 9-7.
The Pirates then won five of six singles matches, including a pair of 10-point third-set tiebreakers, to claim the match. No. 25-ranked Henry started things off with a 6-1, 6-1 win against No. 41 Kelley at No. 5 singles. No. 8-ranked Krtickova then collected a 6-2, 6-2 win against Carver at No. 3 singles, and No. 10-ranked Szymczyk beat Natalie Friend 6-2, 6-1 at No. 6 singles.
With the match clinched, the other three singles matches went to the third-set tiebreakers.
No. 4-ranked Mongin upset No. 1-ranked Muller-Wehlau 5-7, 6-2, (11-9) at No. 1 singles, for the Wildcats. Armstrong took the other two as Filipovski battled back from a 1-6, 1-5 deficit to upset No. 12-ranked Walker, 1-6, 7-5, (10-5), at No. 2 singles, while Ronel beat Hermsdorf 2-6, 6-4, (10-8) at No. 4 singles.