May 13, 2010

Courtesy of Rollins Athletics

In a battle of national powerhouses, the top-ranked Armstrong Atlantic women's tennis team blanked No. 2-ranked Barry 5-0, Thursday morning in quarterfinal action of the 2010 Women's Tennis National Championships, from the Sanlando Park in Altamonte Springs, Fla.

The win secures the Pirates a spot in the semifinals, while Barry is eliminated from the tournament.

Armstrong Atlantic asserted themselves early in the match as they opened the duel with a sweep of doubles play. The No. 1 team of Martina Beckmann and Alida Muller-Wehlau held true to their second-rank national status, opening the match with an 8-0 shutout of Pocza and Kashelkina. The Pirates No. 2 team of Gabriella Kovacs and Sona Novakova gave the higher-seeded team a 2-0 lead with an 8-3 victory over Stas and Werschel, while No. 3 doubles tandem of Tina Ronel and Kathleen Henry matched their teammates effort with an 8-3 triumph.

ASU carried their momentum over to singles play as the bottom half of their order solidified the match for the Pirates. Henry gave ASU their fourth point with a 6-2, 6-0 triumph over Peterson in the No. 6 spot. It was followed shortly after by another 6-2, 6-0 win by Beckmann over Fiocca at No. 5 singles.

With the match secured, the remaining matches went unfinished.

Armstrong Atlantic will take on the winner of California (PA) and Hawaii-Pacific on Friday, May 14 in NCAA Semifinals action. First serve is set for 9:00 a.m. at the Sanlando Park in Altamonte Springs, Fla.