BRUNSWICK, Ga. - The top-ranked and defending NCAA Division II national champion Armstrong State University women's tennis team opened up the 2017 spring season successfully, picking up a pair of wins at the Torrey Tennis Complex in Brunswick, Ga.
The Pirates began the day with an exhibition against Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College. Armstrong State swept all of the matches to pick up a 9-0 win.
Armstrong State then faced off with host and NAIA foe College of Coastal Georgia, winning 8-0 over the Mariners. The Pirates dropped just one game in taking all three doubles matches to take a 3-0 lead as No. 2-ranked Lena Lutzeier and Diana Stomlega defeated Daniella Caruso and Sam Sepe, 8-1, at No. 1 doubles. Tamri Chalaganidze and Alice Patch blanked Madeline Garner and Paige De La Perriere, 8-0, at No. 2 doubles, while Tatjana Stoll and Paula Boixader Roca downed Samantha Lasslett and Lindsey Lawing, 8-0, at No. 3 doubles.
In singles play, the Pirates picked up five singles matches before the match was halted. No. 11-ranked Lutzeier defeated Caruso, 6-0, 6-0, at No. 1 singles, while No. 30-ranked Stoll downed De La Perriere, 6-0, 6-0, at No. 2 singles. Patch knocked off Laslett, 6-1, 6-2, at No. 4 singles, with No. 15-ranked Stomlega beating Garner, 6-0, 6-0, at No. 5 singles. Boixader Roca downed Lawing, 6-0, 6-0, at No. 6 singles.
Armstrong State returns to action on Wednesday, hosting Middle Georgia in a 5:00 p.m. contest. The contest will be the home opener and the first dual match played at the new Armstrong State Tennis Complex.