Armstrong Atlantic heads to national semifinals for 11th year in a row
ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, Fla. -- Two-time defending NCAA Division II national champion Armstrong Atlantic earned its 11th consecutive berth into the national semifinals with a 5-0 win against NYIT on Thursday morning at Sanlando Park.
The Pirates (27-1) advance to face Saint Leo, 5-2 winners against No. 12 California (Pa.), in the semifinals, at 9 a.m. ET Friday. NYIT sees its season come to a close in the quarterfinals -- the furthest the Bears have ever gone in the postseason -- with a 25-6 record.
|DII WOMEN'S TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIP|
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|Finals: Barry holds on to beat Armstrong Atlantic|
|Maloof: Armstrong Atlantic gets players, fans worldwide|
|Maloof: Young Barry squad meets old foe|
|Semis: Armstrong Atl. to play for third consecutive title|
|Semis: Barry gets past Hawaii Pacific 5-1|
|Maloof: Saint Leo's coach Summerfield is one-of-a-kind|
|Quarters: Hawaii Pacific oulasts Columbus State|
|Quarters: Armstrong Atl. heads back to semifinals|
|Quarters: Saint Leo makes school history|
|Quarters: Barry tops Southwest Baptist|
|Round of 16 Recap|
|Round of 16: SW Baptist survives | Barry beats Ind. (Pa.)|
|Round of 16: Cal (Pa.) sweeps | Hawaii Pacific moves on|
|Round of 16: St. Leo survives | Columbus State wins|
|Round of 16: NYIT advances | Armstrong sweeps|
|Maloof: Saint Leo lives on after big win|
|Maloof: Barry, Armstrong Atlantic headline field|
|Brackets: Interactive Printable|
|How They Got Here: Complete Regional Results|
The Pirates then notched two quick straight-set singles wins to clinch the semifinals berth. Filipovski downed Burinato 6-0, 6-2 at No. 1 singles, then Hacke defeated Krol 6-1, 6-1 at No. 3 singles.
The two-time defending champions have won five of the past six national championships while advancing to the semifinals in 2011 -- the last time the championship was in Altamonte Springs. The Pirates won national titles in Altamonte Springs in 2005 and '10.