SAVANNAH, Ga. - The top-ranked and two-time defending NCAA Division II national champion Armstrong State University women's tennis team opened up Peach Belt Conference play with an 8-1 win over No. 30-ranked USC Aiken on Friday afternoon in Aiken, S.C.
The Pirates (5-1, 1-0 PBC) also extended its current consecutive PBC regular season winning streak to 148 with the win over the Pacers (4-2, 0-1 PBC). Armstrong State returns to action on Saturday, visiting No. 18 Francis Marion for a 1:00 p.m. Peach Belt match against the Patriots.
Armstrong State swept all three dobules matches from the Pacers on Friday, beginning with No. 2-ranked Lena Lutzeier and Diana Stomelga defeating Nadine Tusiama and Olivera Veskovac, 8-0, at No. 1 doubles. The duo of Tatjana Stoll and Paula Boixader Roca downed Kayla Calvert and Brigitta Mirak, 8-5, at No. 2 doubles, while Alice Patch and Tamri Chalaganidze upended Marie Habiyaremye and Victoria Giannaccini, 8-2, at No. 3 doubles to complete the doubles sweep.
The Pirates then won five of six singles matches in straight sets to complete the match. No. 11-ranked Lutzeier defeated No. 20 Tusiama, 6-3, 6-0, at No. 1 singles, while No. 30-ranked Stoll beat Veskovac, 6-4, 6-3, at No. 2 singles. No. 13 Stomlega beat Calvert, 6-4, 6-1, at No. 3 singles and Patch downed Habiyaremye, 6-2, 6-2, at No. 5 singles. Chalaganidze defeated Alice Neves, 6-1, 6-2, at No. 6 singles. USC Aiken's point came at No. 4 singles as Brigitta Mirak downed Boixader Roca, 6-3, 6-1, at No. 4 singles.