ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, Fla. - The No. 5-ranked and two-time defending NCAA Division II national champion Armstrong State University women's tennis team is back into the national semifinals after picking up a 5-2 win over No. 15 Midwestern State on Thursday morning at Sanlando Park in Altamonte Springs, Fla.
The Pirates (26-4) are making their 19th appearance in the national semifinals and the 10-time NCAA Division II national champions will have to get through No. 2 Barry - 5-4 winners over top-ranked BYU-Hawaii on Thursday - to earn a berth into the national championship match. The national semifinal will take place at 9:00 a.m. on Friday. Midwestern State sees its season come to a close with a 20-5 record.
Armstrong State took a 2-1 lead heading into singles play with wins at No. 1 and No. 3 doubles. The No. 2-ranked doubles duo of Lena Lutzeier and Diana Stomlega defeated Bianca Duff and Maddy Coffman, 8-2, at No. 1 doubles, while Alice Patch and Tamri Chalaganidze collected an 8-6 win over Greta Lazzarotto and Ashley Ramirez at No. 3 doubles. Midwestern State picked up a doubles point at No. 2 dobules as Daria Panferova and Eirini Kontaki beat Tatjana Stoll and Lenka Styblova, 8-4.
In singles play, the Pirates won three singles matches in straight sets to clinch the match. Stoll defeated Kontaki, 6-1, 6-0, at No. 2 singles, while Chalaganidze downed Lazzarotto, 6-2, 6-3, at No. 5 singles. Midwestern State notched a point at No. 4 singles as Coffman beat Patch, 6-4, 6-4, but Styblova clinched the match with a 6-4, 7-6 (5) win at No. 6 singles.