Top-ranked Armstrong Atlantic hands Columbus State first conference loss
SAVANNAH, Ga. -- The top-ranked and defending NCAA Division II national champion Armstrong Atlantic knocked off No. 6 Columbus State 7-2 on Friday afternoon at Bacon Park.
The matchup of the only two unbeaten Peach Belt schools left this season went the way of the Pirates (16-1, 8-0 PBC), while Columbus State fell to 15-2 overall and 9-1 in the league with the loss. Armstrong extends its current home unbeaten streak to 121 matches and its regular-season Peach Belt unbeaten streak to 105 matches with the wins.
The Pirates jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead after doubles play as the No. 2-ranked duo of Aleksandra Filipovski and Barbora Krtickova upended the No. 7-ranked duo of Paola Cigui and Carolin Weikard 8-4 at No. 1 doubles. The No. 6-ranked duo of Marlen Hacke and Olga Kalodzitsa beat Laura Chapman and Olivera Jokic 8-3 at No. 2 doubles, while Clara Perez and Natasa Vukovic completed the doubles sweep with an 8-0 win against Renata Paiva and Andrea Redrado at No. 3 doubles.
Columbus State got its first point at No. 1 singles as the Pirates' No. 6-ranked Filipovski injured her ankle, up 2-1 in the first set against No. 2-ranked Cigui, forcing her to retire. No. 11-ranked Hacke claimed a 6-0, 6-3 win against Chapman at No. 4 singles for the Pirates, but CSU picked up another point at No. 2 singles with No. 44-ranked Weikard's 6-1, 6-0 upset win against No. 3-ranked Krtickova.
The Pirates clinched the match with No. 23-ranked Kalodzitsa's 6-2, 6-2 win against Redrado at No. 5 singles. No. 22-ranked Perez followed with a 6-2, 6-2 win against No. 45-ranked Jokic at No. 3 singles and Vukovic rounded out singles play with a 6-4, 6-0 win against Paiva at No. 6 singles.