SAVANNAH, Ga. - The No. 7-ranked Armstrong State University men's tennis team advanced at the NCAA Southeast Regional on Saturday, defeating No. 31 Georgia College 5-2 at the Armstrong State Tennis Complex.
The Pirates advance to face No. 8-ranked Lander - 5-3 winners over USC Aiken on Saturday - in the regional final at 1 p.m. on Sunday. The winner advances to the NCAA Division II Round of 16 in Altamonte Springs, Fla., on May 10-13.
Armstrong State would fall behind early in the team match as Georgia College's Christian Graff and Kyle Kinsler upset No. 19-ranked Luca Cerin and Ignacio Hernandez, 8-1, at No. 1 doubles. The Pirates would regroup to take the other two doubles matches, however, as Lorenzo Camilli and Bjorn Kurtze defeated Mattia Campus and Pedro Ecenarro, 8-6, at No. 2 doubles, while Alvaro Cruz Chomorro and Jan Porteset downed Nathan Connelly and Anton Waern, 8-2, at No. 3 doubles.
A quick 6-0, 6-0 win by Kurtze at No. 6 singles over Connelly put the Pirates up, 3-1, then Cruz Chomorro defeated Kinsler, 6-1, 6-4, at No. 5 singles. The Bobcats got a win at No. 3 singles as Waern defeated Porteset, 6-4, 6-4, but Hernandez clinched the match for Armstrong State with a 6-4, 6-2 win over Ecenarro at No. 2 singles.
The Pirates met Lander twice this season, picking up a 5-4 win in the regular season on April 9, then a 5-1 win over the Bearcats in the PBC Tournament Semifinals on April 22.