ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, Fla. - The No. 7-ranked Armstrong State University men's tennis team saw its season come to an end with a 5-0 loss to top-ranked West Florida in the 2017 NCAA Division II Men's Tennis Championships Round of 16 on Tuesday at Sanlando Park in Altamonte Springs, Fla.
The Pirates were bounced before the NCAA semifinals for the first time since 2011 after running into the top-ranked Argonauts in the Round of 16. Armstrong State finishes the season with a 20-8 overall record, while West Florida improves to 29-1 and advances to the NCAA Quarterfinals on Wednesday.
West Florida swept all three doubles matches to take a commanding 3-0 lead heading into singles play. The No. 23-ranked doubles duo of Gabriel Dias and Pedro Roese defeated Bjorn Kurtze and Lorenzo Camilli, 8-2, at No. 2 doubles, then the top-ranked duo of Alex Peyrot and Pedro Dumont knocked off No. 19-ranked Ignacio Hernandez and Luca Cerin, 8-5, at No. 1 doubles. UWF's duo of Warren Kuhn and Pablo Tellez used a late break to notch an 8-6 win over Alvaro Cruz Chomorro and Jan Porteset at No. 3 doubles.
The Argonauts then picked up two quick singles wins to clinch the match. No. 4-ranked Peyrot defeated No. 38-ranked Cerin, 6-2, 6-3, at No. 1 singles, while No. 15-ranked Dias upended Hernandez, 6-1, 6-1, at No. 2 singles.