SAVANNAH, Ga. - The top-ranked and two-time defending NCAA Division II national champion Armstrong State University women's tennis team prevailed in a battle of Top 5-ranked squads, defeating No. 5 Hawai'i Pacific 7-2 on Tuesday afternoon at the Armstrong Tennis Complex.
The Pirates (11-1) ran their current winning streak to eight with the victory, while Hawai'i Pacific suffered its first loss of the season, falling to 4-1. Armstrong State will face another highly-ranked opponent in its next action, hosting No. 6 Barry on Friday at 2:00 p.m.
Armstrong State picked up wins in all three doubles matches to take a 3-0 lead. The No. 2-ranked duo of Lena Lutzeier and Diana Stomlega blitzed Oceane Adam and Nicole Hoynaski, 8-1, at No. 1 doubles, while Tamri Chalaganidze and Alice Patch downed Leticia dos Santos and Lara Meccico, 8-6, at No. 2 doubles. Paula Boixader Roca and Tatjana Stoll finished the doubles sweep with an 8-4 win over Barbora Kijasova and Bianca Schulhof.
In singles play, the Pirates won two quick straight-set matches to clinch the match as No. 30-ranked Stoll beat Adam, 6-2, 6-2, at No. 3 singles and Chalaganidze picked up a 6-1, 6-1 win over dos Santos at No. 5 singles. Patch downed Schulhof, 6-1, 6-1, at No. 6 singles and No. 13-ranked Stomlega defeated Kijasova, 6-4, 6-2, at No. 4 singles.
The other two singles matches went to third-set 10-point tiebreakers, which HPU won. No. 8-ranked Hoynaski beat No. 11-ranked Lutzeier, 3-6, 6-4, (10-4) at No. 1 singles and Meccico downed Boixader Roca, 6-2, 4-6, (10-3) at No. 2 singles.