No. 3 Pirates Pilfer No. 1 (NAIA) Fresno Pacific, 8-1
LAS VEGAS, Nev. - The No. 3-ranked Armstrong Atlantic State University men's tennis team captured the battle of unbeatens on Tuesday, knocking off No. 1-ranked and defending NAIA national champion Fresno Pacific, 8-1, at the Darling Tennis Center in Las Vegas on Tuesday.
The Pirates improved to 12-0 with the victory, while the Sunbirds suffered their first defeat of the year, falling to 13-1. It was the most lopsided loss suffered by Fresno Pacific in its men's tennis program's history.
Armstrong won two of three doubles matches from the Sunbirds to take a 2-1 lead into singles play. The duo of Eudaldo Bonet and Matus Mydla began with a quick 8-1 win at No. 3 doubles over Lloyd Bruce-Burgess and Amarit Sanchez, while the No. 1 doubles duo of Mikk Irdoja and Georgi Rumenov beat Cledson Carvahlo and Xavier Smith, 8-6.
In singles, the Pirates won all six matches in straight sets to close out the victory. No. 28-ranked Scocuglia began with a 6-3, 6-0 win over Bruce-Burgess at No. 6 singles, then Rumenov handled No. 4 (NAIA) Smith, 6-1, 6-4, at No. 1 singles. No. 9-ranked Mydla followed with a 6-3, 6-1 win over No. 17 (NAIA) Martinet, 6-3, 6-1, at No. 4 singles.
Irdoja downed No. 3 (NAIA) Carvahlo, 6-3, 6-3, at No. 3 singles next, then No. 2 Bonet beat No. 9 (NAIA) Sinitsyn, 7-6 (4), 6-1. No. 39-ranked Lalic closed out singles play with a 6-3, 6-3 win over Sanchez at No. 5 singles.
The Pirates will wrap up their spring break trip by taking on No. 15 Grand Canyon at 1:00 p.m. ET on Wednesday at the Darling Tennis Center.