SAVANNAH, Ga. - The top-ranked and two-time defending NCAA Division II national champion Armstrong State University women's tennis team played its first dual match on campus since the 2009 season on Wednesday, defeating Middle Georgia 9-0 at the Armstrong Tennis Complex.
The complex, completed in August of 2016, hosted the first match for the Pirates since Armstrong State hosted the 2009 NCAA Southeast Regional. The time away from campus, however, did not hurt the current longest home winning streak in collegiate tennis as the Pirates extended that streak to 165 matches with tonight's win.
The Pirates (2-0) swept all three doubles matches from the No. 8-ranked team in NAIA, Middle Georgia (1-1), to take a 3-0 lead heading into doubles play. Junior Lena Lutzeier and freshman Paula Boixader Roca defeated Preeti Gokhale and Lara Persiani, 8-1, at No. 1 doubles, while junior Tamri Chalaganidze and sophomore Alice Patch downed Shelby Ashley and Yannick Garcia, 8-1, at No. 2 doubles. Freshman Tatjana Stoll and junior Lenka Styblova completed the doubles sweep with an 8-1 win over Laura Cocoma and Jacqueline Heer at No. 3 doubles.
In singles play, the Pirates won all six matches in straight sets. No. 30-ranked Stoll downed Ashley, 6-0, 6-0, then Boixader Roca defeated Garcia, 6-0, 6-0, at No. 5 singles. Chalaganidze defeated Daniela Nino Duarte, 6-0, 6-0, at No. 6 singles, followed by Styblova downing Heer, 6-1, 6-1, at No. 4 singles.
Patch picked up a 6-0, 6-2 win over Persiani at No. 3 singles, then No. 11-ranked Lutzeier finished off the match with a 7-5, 6-0 win over Gokhale at No. 1 singles.
Armstrong State returns to action on Friday, hosting the No. 2-ranked team in NAIA, Lindsey Wilson, at 6:00 p.m. at the Armstrong Tennis Complex.