FLORENCE, S.C. - No. 7 Columbus State University women's tennis edged No. 4-ranked Armstrong State University, 5-3, on Sunday morning in the 2017 Peach Belt Conference Tournament Championship Match at the Dr. Eddie Floyd Tennis Center.
The Cougars (22-2) end Armstrong State's string of 13 consecutive tournament titles, that dated back to 2004. The Pirates (22-4) will now await word of a possible at-large berth into the 2017 NCAA Championships, to be announced on Tuesday.
Columbus State won two of three doubles matches to take a 2-1 lead heading into singles play. The Pirates' lone point in doubles came from 2017 PBC Tournament Doubles MVPs Lena Lutzeier and Diana Stomlega, as the No. 3-ranked doubles duo beat No. 5-ranked Beatriz Leon and Beatriz Lopez, 8-4, at No. 1 doubles. CSU's Camila Tobar and Kirsa Utech downed Lenka Styblova and Tatjana Stoll, 8-2, at No. 2 doubles, while Rachael Williams and Giorgia Vitale beat Alice Patch and Tamri Chalaganidze, 8-2, at No. 3 doubles.
A quick 6-1, 6-2 win for No. 5-ranked and 2017 PBC Tournament Doubles MVP Lena Lutzeier over No. 29-ranked Kirsa Utech drew the team score even at 2-all. Olivera Tadijin beat the Pirates' Styblova, 6-4, 6-0, to make the team score 3-2.
No. 22-ranked Stomlega again drew the match even with a 6-2, 6-2 win over No. 21-ranked Vitale at No. 3 singles, but No. 43-ranked Lopez' 6-2, 6-3 win over No. 17-ranked Stoll at No. 2 singles and Leon's 6-3, 6-4 win over Chalaganidze at No. 5 singles clinched the title for the Cougars.