No. 2 Pirates clinch conference crown
Top ranked Bonet's 6-4, 6-2 victory leads Pirates to title
ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. - No. 2 Armstrong Atlantic State claimed its seventh Peach Belt Conference regular season title outright with a 9-0 blanking of No. 12-ranked Flagler on Tuesday afternoon in St. Augustine, Fla.
The Pirates (19-0, 9-0 PBC) have also won six of the last seven PBC regular season titles and will head into next weekend's PBC Championships as the overall No. 1 seed. Flagler (8-5, 6-2 PBC) falls to third in the league standings with one match remaining in its schedule.
Armstrong swept all three doubles matches from the Saints to take a 3-0 lead. The top-ranked duo of Rafael Array and Mikk Irdoja bested the No. 5-ranked David Cotrone and Gino Ramirez, 8-5, at No. 1 doubles. Matus Mydla and Pedro Scocuglia defeated Harry Snoxell and Uriel Oquendo, 8-5, at No. 2 doubles and Eudaldo Bonet and Daniel Regan beat Peter Coulis and Adam Hunt, 8-1, at No. 3 doubles.
The Pirates then swept all six singles matches in straight sets. Newly-minted No. 1-ranked Bonet defeated No. 3-ranked Cotrone, 6-4, 6-2, at No. 1 singles. No. 4-ranked Irdoja beat Coulis, 6-1, 6-1, at No. 2 singles and No. 24-ranked Mydla defeated Ramirez, 6-2, 6-1, at No. 3 singles. No. 25-ranked Array downed Snoxell, 6-3, 6-2, at No. 4 singles and Regan beat Hunt, 6-1, 6-1, at No. 5 singles. Scocuglia beat Skyler Engel, 6-0, 6-1, at No. 6 singles to complete the singles sweep.