SAVANNAH, Ga. - The No. 5-ranked and two-time defending NCAA Division II national champion Armstrong State University women's tennis team opened up postseason play with a 5-1 win over Tusculum College in the first round of the Southeast Regional in Savannah.
The second-seeded Pirates (23-4) advance to take on third-seeded and eighth-ranked Flagler College - 5-1 winners over Georgia College in the other first-round match - on Tuesday at 2:00 p.m. The winner of Tuesday's second round match will advance to the NCAA Division II Round of 16 on May 10-13 in Altamonte Springs, Fla.
Armstrong State won two of three doubles matches from the Pioneers (20-7) to take a 2-1 lead heading into singles play. The No. 2-ranked duo of Lena Lutzeier and Diana Stomlega defeated Katarina Majorova and Franziska Funke, 8-3, at No. 1 doubles, while Tatjana Stoll and Lenka Styblova downed Annie McCullough and Julie Brass at No. 2 doubles by an 8-2 score. Tusculum's duo of Brittani Brooks and Amber Lackey won four straight games to take an 8-5 win over Alice Patch and Tamri Chalaganidze at No. 3 doubles.
The Pirates closed out the win with three straight-set singles matches, beginning with Stomlega's 6-1, 6-0 win over Mota at No. 3 singles. Chalaganidze won 6-1, 6-0 over Sarah Baker at No. 5 singles, then No. 4-ranked Lutzeier upended Funke, 6-1, 6-2, at No. 1 singles.