SAVANNAH, Ga. - The No. 2-ranked Armstrong State University men's tennis team overcame a 2-1 doubles deficit to knock off Queens (NC), 5-2, in NCAA Division II Southeast Regional #1 action on Sunday afternoon at Bacon Park.
The Pirates (23-2) advance to face North Georgia - 5-3 upset winners over Georgia College - on Monday afternoon at 2:00 p.m., which will determine which team advances to the Round of 16 in Denver, Colo., for the NCAA Division II Spring Sports Festival on May 18-21. Queens (NC) sees its season come to a close with a 15-4 overall record.
The Royals jumped out to a 2-1 lead after doubles play as the duo of Jules Athalis and Ole-Jacob Meum defeated Luca Cerin and Otakar Lucak, 8-5, at No. 3 doubles, while the duo of Per-Erik Soler and Andor Vas upset No. 10-ranked Alberto Caceres Casas and Jan Porteset, 8-6, at No. 1 doubles. Armstrong State's doubles point came at No. 2 doubles as 12th-ranked Pablo Gor Costales and Ignacio Hernandez beat Jordan Owens and Will Roberson, 8-4.
In singles play, the Pirates got the upper hand by taking the first set in five of six singles matches. Armstrong State got its first singles point at No. 3 singles as Cerin beat Vas, 6-2, 6-2. Porteset then downed Meum, 6-2, 6-2, at No. 5 singles. No. 5-ranked Gor downed Soler, 6-3, 6-0, at No. 1 singles, then No. 34-ranked Hernandez clinched the match with a 6-2, 6-3 win over Zachary Williams at No. 4 singles.