COLUMBUS, Ga. - The No. 7-ranked Columbus State University women's tennis team dealt No. 4-ranked Armstrong State University its first regular season Peach Belt Conference loss since 2003 with a 6-3 win on Saturday in Columbus, Ga.
The Pirates (14-3, 6-1 PBC) lost for the first time in 154 straight matches in the league's regular season - the last loss for Armstrong State came in 2003, a 7-2 loss to Georgia College on March 13th. Columbus State improves to 12-1 overall and 8-0 in the league with the win. The Pirates return to action on Sunday, traveling to Georgia Southwestern for a 10 a.m. PBC match against the Hurricanes.
Columbus State took two of three doubles matches to lead 2-1 heading into singles play. The Pirates got an 8-3 win from No. 3-ranked Lena Lutzeier and Diana Stomlega over No. 5-ranked Beatriz Leon and Beatriz Lopez, but CSU's No. 19-ranked Camila Tobar and Giorgia Vitale defeated Alice Patch and Tamri Chalaganidze, 8-3, at No. 2 doubles, while Kirsa Utech and Rachael Williams downed Paula Boixader Roca and Tatjana Stoll, 9-7, at No. 3 doubles.
The Pirates won at No. 1 and No. 2 singles, but CSU won at the other four spots to clinch the match. No. 5-ranked Lutzeier defeated No. 21-ranked Vitale, 6-2, 6-1, at No. 1 singles, while Boixader Roca picked up a 3-6, 6-3, 6-3 win over No. 29-ranked Utech at No. 2 singles.
CSU's No. 43-ranked Lopez beat No. 17-ranked Stoll, 6-1, 6-4, at No. 3 singles, while Tobar oulasted Stomlega, 3-6, 6-2, 6-1, at No. 4 singles. Leon downed Chalaganidze, 6-4, 6-2, at No. 5 singles and Olivera Tadijin beat Patch, 6-2, 3-6, 6-1, at No. 6 singles.