SUMTER, S.C. - The Armstrong State University women's tennis team swept the singles and doubles titles at the ITA Southeast Regionals on Monday, sending a pair of players to Arizona for the upcoming ITA Small College National Championships in two weeks.
Junior Lena Lutzeier, the top seed in the singles draw, defeated senior teammate Diana Stomlega 6-2, 6-2, to notch her first ITA region singles title. Lutzeier advanced to the final with a 7-6, 1-6, 6-2 win over Beatriz Lopez of Columbus State on Monday morning, while Stomlega advanced after a 6-1, 7-5 win over USC Aiken's Nadine Tusiama.
The No. 4-ranked singles player in NCAA Division II a season ago, Lutzeier will now advance to the ITA Small College Championships in Surprise, Ariz., on October 13-16.
Lutzeier becomes the 11th Armstrong State player in the last 12 years to represent the Southeast Region at the Small College Championships. Last year, Alejandra Cisneros was selected to represent the region after rain cancelled the event, and she ended up taking the ITA "Super Bowl" title. The previous winners during that streak: Iuliia Stupak (2005, 2006), Johanna Dahlback (2007), Sona Novakova (2008, 2009), Alida Muller-Wehlau (2010), Barbora Krtickova (2011, 2012) and Clara Perez. Armstrong State has had five ITA "Super Bowl" singles titlists: Cisneros (2015), Muller-Wehlau (2010), Novakova (2009), Dahlback (2007) and Zsofia Golopencza (2003).
In doubles, the top-seeded duo of Lutzeier and Stomlega defeated the second-seeded Columbus State duo of Camila Tobar and Kirsa Utech, 8-3, to capture the region doubles title. This is the second ITA region doubles title for Lutzeier, as she teamed with Dora Andrejski in 2014 to earn the crown. The Pirates have represented the Southeast Region in six of the last seven years.
The ITA Small College Championships will take place at the Surprise Tennis Complex in Surprise, Ariz., the site of Armstrong State women's tennis national championships in 2013 and 2015.
The men's tennis team also swept the region titles, meaning it is the fourth time in the last six seasons that Armstrong State has won all four ITA Southeast Region titles - 2014, 2012 and 2010 are the other years it happened.