NCAA Tournament: Pirates Blank Bulldogs
SAVANNAH, Ga. - The No. 1-ranked Armstrong Atlantic State University men's tennis team blanked Wingate, 5-0, to advance to the Southeast Region final of the 2012 NCAA Division II Men's Tennis Championships at Bacon Park on Monday.
The Pirates (25-0) will take on the winner of fourth-seeded Georgia College - 5-2 winners over fifth-seeded Francis Marion - at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday. The winner advances to the Round of 16 as a part of the 2012 NCAA DII Spring Sports Festival in Louisville, Ky. Wingate, who picked up their first-ever NCAA regional win yesterday against Mount Olive, ends its season at 19-7.
Armstrong swept all three doubles matches for a quick 3-0 lead heading into singles play. The top-ranked duo of Mikk Irdoja and Georgi Rumenov defeated Flavio Rathsam and Neal Towlson, 8-1, at No. 1 doubles, then Eudaldo Bonet and Matus Mydla collected an 8-2 win over Ryan Forbes and Diego Martinez at No. 3 doubles. No. 16-ranked Sven Lalic andPedro Scocuglia finished off the doubles sweep with an 8-4 win over Matt Lichtenstein and Drew Owen at No. 2 doubles.
The Pirates took the first set in all six singles matches. No. 32-ranked Lalic closed out a 6-2, 6-1 win over Martinez at No. 4 singles, then Scocuglia clinched the match with a 6-1, 6-1 win over Forbes at No. 5 singles.