SAVANNAH, Ga. - The top-ranked and two-time defending NCAA Division II national champion Armstrong State University women's tennis team rebounded from its first loss of the year to defeat No. 4-ranked Saint Leo University, 6-3, on Sunday afternoon at the Armstrong Tennis Complex.
The Pirates (4-1) shook off its first home loss in 14 years by downing the Lions (1-2). Armstrong State returns to action on Friday, opening up Peach Belt Conference play with a 1:00 p.m. match at USC Aiken.
Armstrong State won two of three doubles matches to take a 2-1 lead heading into singles play. The No. 2-ranked duo of Lena Lutzeier and Diana Stomlega beat Marine Beugre-Guyot and Maja Pindelska, 8-1, at No. 1 doubles, while Tamri Chalaganidze and Alice Patch beat Fabiola Cardenas and Katherine Zaatini, 8-2, at No. 3 doubles. Saint Leo's Kristyna Jurkova and Madeleine Gauthier picked up a 9-7 win over Tatjana Stoll and Paula Boixader Roca, 9-7, at No. 2 doubles for the Lions' doubles point.
The Pirates then won four of six singles matches for the final 6-3 margin. No. 11-ranked Lutzeier defeated No. 24-ranked Beugre-Guyot, 6-3, 6-2, at No. 1 singles, with Boixader Roca notching a 6-1, 6-3 win over Cardenas at No. 4 singles. Patch picked up a 6-3, 6-2 win over Gauthier at No. 5 singles and Chalaganidze beat Zaatini, 6-0, 6-2, at No. 6 singles.
Saint Leo won at No. 2 singles as Pindelska beat No. 30-ranked Stoll, 4-6, 7-6, (10-8) and at No. 3 singles as Jurkova downed No. 13-ranked Stomlega, 6-3, 6-4.