SAVANNAH, Ga. — Top-ranked and three-time defending NCAA DII national champion Armstrong Atlantic State wrapped up its regular season home schedule with a 9-0 victory against No. 13-ranked Francis Marion on Sunday afternoon at Bacon Park.
The Lady Pirates (16-0, 8-0 PBC) finished their home schedule with a perfect 10-0 mark and Armstrong will hit the road for the next two weeks leading up to the Peach Belt Conference Championships on April 15-17 in Augusta. Francis Marion (9-5, 5-4 PBC) dropped its fourth straight match with the loss.
Due to impending rainshowers, singles were competed first in the match instead of doubles. No. 8-ranked Barbora Krtickova picked up a 6-0, 6-0 win over Caitlin Siney at No. 3 singles, then No. 10-ranked Joanna Szymczyk notched a 6-0, 6-1 win over Rachel Gaster at No. 6 singles.
The Lady Pirates’ two seniors followed with straight set wins. Tina Ronel defeated Kimberley Hurter, 6-0, 6-1, at No. 4 singles, then top-ranked Alida Muller-Wehlau bested No. 35-ranked Jitka Gavdunova, 6-1, 6-0, at No. 1 singles.
Aleksandra Filipovski picked up a 6-0, 6-4 win over No. 31-ranked Mona Blauen at No. 2 singles and No. 25-ranked Kathleen Henry completed the singles sweep with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Kerry Hall at No. 5 singles.
Doubles ensued with the Lady Pirates notching wins in all three matches. Henry and Szymczyk teamed for an 8-0 win over Gaster and Siney at No. 3 doubles, while Muller-Wehlau and Ronel beat Hall and Hurter, 8-3, at No. 2 doubles. Filipovski and Krtickova pulled off an 8-4 upset of No. 5-ranked Blauen and Gavdunova to finish off the match.