No. 1 Pirates Finish Undefeated Regular Season With 7-2 Win At No. 5 Valdosta State
VALDOSTA, Ga. - The top-ranked Armstrong Atlantic State University men's tennis team completed its regular season unscathed after picking up a 7-2 victory over No. 5-ranked and defending DII national champion Valdosta State on Saturday afternoon in Valdosta.
The Pirates complete the 2012 regular season with a perfect 21-0 mark, the third undefeated regular season for Armstrong over the last five years. Valdosta State falls to 8-8 on the season with the loss.
Armstrong swept all three dobules matches from the Blazers to take a 3-0 lead heading into singles play. The top-ranked doubles duo of Mikk Irdoja and Georgi Rumenov beat Christian Hansen and Niklas Herbring, 8-5, at No. 1 doubles, while No. 16-ranked Sven Lalic and Pedro Scocuglia downed Tammo Haake and Sebastian Jasyk, 8-3, at No. 2 doubles.
In singles play, the Pirates won four singles matches in straight sets, but with the match decided, dropped a pair of 10-point third-set tiebreakers. No. 10-ranked Mydla picked up a 6-2, 6-3 win over Herbring at No. 3 singles and No. 32-ranked Lalic downed Santiago Vidales, 6-0, 6-2, at No. 4 singles.
No. 35-ranked Scocuglia beat Kusy, 6-3, 6-2, at No. 5 singles while Daniel Regan collected a 6-3, 6-4 win over Jasyk at No. 6 singles.
At the top spot, top-ranked Rumenov suffered his first loss of the season with a 4-6, 7-6 (4), (10-3) setback to No. 19-ranked Hansen, while No. 3-ranked Bonet also fell in the tiebreaker, 1-6, 6-3, (10-3) to No. 45-ranked Kutschenko.
The Pirates will return to action at the 2012 Peach Belt Conference Championships in Greenwood, S.C., on April 20th.