NCAA Tournament: Pirates Blank Augusta State
SAVANNAH, Ga. - The No. 3-ranked Armstrong Atlantic State University women's tennis squad took a step closer to Louisville with a 5-0 blanking of No. 40 Augusta State in the 2012 NCAA DII Women's Tennis Southeast Regional on Monday morning at Bacon Park.
The Pirates (24-0) will now fifth-seeded Flagler - a 5-1 winner over fourth-seeded Erskine - at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday for a berth in the NCAA Round of 16 in Louisville, Ky., as a part of the 2012 NCAA DII Spring Sports Festival. Armstrong has made 17 straight NCAA Round of 16 appearances dating back to 1995 and the Pirates have captured six NCAA DII National Championships. Augusta State ends its season at 11-12 after the loss.
Armstrong took a quick 3-0 lead after doubles play against the Jaguars. The No. 2-ranked duo of Aleksandra Filipovski and Barbora Krtickova defeated Victoria Lindqvist and Liv Pettersson, 8-0, at No. 1 doubles, while the No. 10-ranked duo of Marlen Hacke and Olga Kalodzitsa also notched an 8-0 win over Julie Fontaine and Roberta Oliviera at No. 2 doubles. No. 15-ranked Kathleen Henry and Clara Perez completed the doubles sweep with an 8-2 win over Marina Ferreira and Lissa Murakami at No. 3 doubles.
A pair of 6-0, 6-0 singles wins then clinched the match for Armstrong. Filipovski blanked Lindqvist at No. 2 singles, then Hacke claimed the win over Murakami at No. 5 singles.