No. 1 Pirates Defeat No. 7 West Florida, 5-3, On Monday

No. 1 Pirates Defeat No. 7 West Florida, 5-3, On Monday

SAVANNAH, Ga. - The top-ranked and two-time defending NCAA Division II national champion Armstrong State University women's tennis team picked up a 5-3 win over No. 7 West Florida on Monday afternoon at the Armstrong Tennis Complex.

The Pirates improved to 13-2 overall with the win, while West Florida falls to 8-5. Armstrong State will be off for Spring Break and will return to action on Friday, March 24th, visiting Georgia College for a 1:00 p.m. Peach Belt Conference match.

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 overcame an early break to knock off Paula Coyos and Paula Lopez, 9-7, at No. 1 doubles, while Tamri Chalaganidze and Alice Patch downed Jordana Lujan and Heather Mixon, 8-4, at No. 2 doubles. West Florida's duo of Valeria Mantilla and Diana Vlad blanked Paula Boixader Roca and Tatjana Stoll, 8-0, at No. 3 doubles.

The Pirates picked up a quick singles point at No. 3 singles as No. 30-ranked Stoll won over Jordana Lujan when Lujan had to retire after a 6-1 first-set win for Stoll. No. 11-ranked Lutzeier knocked off Coyos, 6-1, 6-3, at No. 1 singles to make the score 4-1, but West Florida picked up a 7-6, 6-4 win from No. 41 Lopez over Boixader Roca at No. 2 singles and a 7-5, 4-6, 6-1 win from Vlad over No. 13 Stomlega at No. 4 singles that made the score 4-3.

Patch then clinched the match for the Pirates with a 7-5, 1-6, 6-4 win over Mantilla at No. 6 singles.