Pirates win eighth consecutive crown
Three-time defending champs remain undefeated on season
ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. - Top-ranked and three-time defending DII national champion Armstrong Atlantic State captured its eighth straight Peach Belt Conference regular season title with a 9-0 win over No. 10-ranked Flagler on Tuesday afternoon in St. Augustine, Fla.
The Lady Pirates (21-0, 12-0 PBC) have now won 13 of 15 PBC regular season women's tennis crowns since the league went to a standardized schedule in 1997. The undefeated 12-0 mark also extends Armstrong's consecutive regular season Peach Belt winning streak to 86, which dates back to 2003. Flagler (10-3, 9-2 PBC) falls to third in the PBC standings with one match left to play.
Armstrong gave up just three games in sweeping all three doubles matches. Aleksandra Filipovski and Barbora Krtickova notched an 8-1 win over Lauren Pfeiffer and Rachel Gould, 8-1, at No. 1 singles. Alida Muller-Wehlau and Tina Ronel bested Veronica Figueroa and Jennifer Saviano, 8-2, at No. 2 singles while Kathleen Henry and Joanna Szymczyk beat Gabby Scammacca and Deon Miller, 8-0, at No. 3 doubles.
The Lady Pirates then swept all six singles matches in straight sets. No. 5-ranked Muller-Wehlau defeated Pfeiffer, 6-1, 6-0, at No. 1 singles, while No. 14-ranked Filipovski beat Figueroa, 6-2, 6-2, at No. 2 singles. No. 11-ranked Krtickova knocked off Saviano, 6-0, 6-1, at No. 3 singles and No. 20-ranked Ronel beat Miller, 6-1, 6-2, at No. 4 singles.
No. 46-ranked Henry downed Gould, 7-5, 6-0, at No. 5 singles and No. 40-ranked Szymczyk beat Scammacca, 6-0, 6-0, at No. 6 singles.