No. 3 Pirates Move Into NCAA Semifinals With 5-1 Win Over No. 5 Hawaii Pacific
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The No. 3-ranked Armstrong Atlantic State University women's tennis team collected a 5-1 win over No. 5 Hawaii Pacific to advance to the NCAA Division II Women's Tennis Semifinals on Friday at EP Tom Sawyer State Park in Louisville.
The Pirates (27-0) move to face No. 2 Barry - a 5-2 winner over California (Pa.) on Thursday - in the semifinals in a rematch of the semifinal 5-3 win by the Bucs last season. The defending DII national champions, Barry and Armstrong did not meet this season and both come into the match unbeaten on the year. Hawaii Pacific finishes the season with a 16-7 record.
Armstrong had to wait nearly two hours past its scheduled start time due to a long-running Round of 16 men's match between Concordia (NY) and Grand Canyon. When play finally began, the Pirates came out quickly, getting three doubles wins as the No. 2-ranked duo of Aleksandra Filipovski and Barbora Krtickova downed No. 22 Vivian Hansen and Magdalena Smejova, 8-5, at No. 1 doubles. No. 17-ranked Kathleen Henry and Clara Perez defeated Lea Kruse-Utermann and Zora Vickova, 8-1, at No. 3 doubles, while No. 11-ranked Marlen Hacke and Olga Kalodzitsa downed Celina Goetti and Ielyzaveta Rybakova, 8-5, at No. 2 doubles.
In singles, the Pirates got just one straight-set win - with No. 7 Filipovski downing No. 35 Goetti, 6-4, 6-2 at No. 2 singles - when things got a little tight in the remaining matches. Three of the matches went to third sets, including Hawaii Pacific's Rybakova coming up with a 1-6, 6-0, 6-2 win over No. 21 Hacke at No. 5 singles.
With No. 6 Krtickova in a second-set tiebreaker to win and both Kalodzitsa and Henry up in their respective matches, No. 30-ranked Perez came up with the clincher with a 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 win over Shuler at No. 6 singles.