Armstrong Atlantic returns to DII Round of 16 for ninth consecutive year
SAVANNAH, Ga. -- The top-ranked and defending NCAA Division II national champion Armstrong Atlantic is headed to the Round of 16 after a 6-0 victory against Georgia College on Monday morning at Bacon Park.
The Pirates (24-1) head to Surprise, Ariz., with an eye on retaining the title and claiming the program's fourth title in the last six years after knocking off the Bobcats (19-7) for a second consecutive year in the Southeast Region final. Armstrong will match up against NYIT in the NCAA Round of 16 on May 8.
Armstrong started off strong with three doubles wins to take a 3-0 lead heading into singles play. The top-ranked doubles duo of Dan Regan and Georgi Rumenov defeated Andreas Ainalides and Johan Wadstein, 8-3, at No. 1 doubles, while the No. 6-ranked duo of Sven Lalic and Pedro Scocuglia beat Wictor Andersson and Yannick Hass, 8-5, at No. 2 doubles.Matus Mydla and Jaan Kononov completed the doubles sweep with an 8-3 win over Mattia Campus and Alex Schubert.
The Pirates then claimed three singles wins - two simultaneously - to clinch the match.Pablo Gor picked up a quick 6-0, 6-2 win over Andersson at No. 6 singles, then No. 5-ranked Mydla and No. 11-ranked Regan each had match point on courts one and three. Mydla downed No. 48-ranked Wadstein, 6-2, 6-1, and Regan beat Hass, 6-0, 6-2, on concurrent match points to clinch the victory and send the Pirates to Arizona.
Armstrong makes its ninth consecutive NCAA Round of 16 appearance and is looking to add a fourth overall national title after claiming the crown in 2008, 2009 and 2012.