May 14, 2010

Courtesy of Rollins Athletics

The top-ranked Armstrong Atlantic Pirates women's tennis team turned back No. 9-ranked Hawaii Pacific 5-0, Friday morning in semifinal action of the 2010 Women's Tennis National Championships, from the Sanlando Park in Altamonte Springs, Fla.

The win secures the Pirates their third consecutive NCAA National Championship appearance, while Hawaii Pacific is eliminated from the tournament. The Pirates are reigning back-to-back national champions.

The Pirates faced tough doubles competition on Friday, as ASU had their No. 1-ranked status challenged by a resilient Sea Warrior squad. However, Armstrong did secure the first point of the match in rather convincing fashion as the No. 1 duo of Martina Beckmann and Alida Muller-Wehlau ousted Vickova and Cseh, 8-2. The Pirates and Sea Warriors battled for the final two points of the match in a pair of grueling contests. Still, the ASU tandem of Tina Ronel and Kathleen Henry outlasted the Pacific team of Mihova and Mihova at No. 3 doubles, securing an 8-6 victory. The Pirates' Gabriella Kovacs and Sona Novakova ended the doubles portion of the match by surviving their set with 9-7 win over Stankovic and Wikstrom at No. 2 doubles.

The Pirates rode the wave of momentum into singles play as Muller-Wehlau took down N. Mihova in straight sets, 6-2, 6-0. Moments later, Henry sealed the match with a 6-1, 6-4 triumph at No. 5 singles to put the Pirates in their third-straight NCAA Final.

With ASU securing the necessary five points, the remaining contests went unfinished.

In the NCAA Championship Final, the Pirates will take on BYU-Hawaii on Saturday, May 15. First serve for the national title contest is set for 9:00 a.m. at the Sanlando Park in Altamonte Springs, Fla.