ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, Fla. - The No. 7-ranked and two-time defending NCAA Division II national champion Armstrong State University women's tennis team advanced to the quarterfinals on Wednesday with a 5-1 win over No. 16 Northeastern State in Round of 16 action at Sanlando Park in Altamonte Springs, Fla.
The Pirates (25-4) advance to take on No. 15-ranked Midwestern State - 5-0 winners over Indiana (Pa.) on Wednesday - in the quarterfinals at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday morning. Northeastern State sees its season come to a close with a 19-6 record.
Each team won one doubles match quickly as the No. 2-ranked doubles duo of Lena Lutzeier and Diana Stomlega blitzed No. 15-ranked Molly Worden and Valeriia Efimenko, 8-1, at No. 1 doubles for the Pirates. Northeastern State's Karla Tomaic and Betka Gombarova downed Alice Patch and Tamri Chalaganidze, 8-5, at No. 3 doubles.
The Riverhawks looked certain to take the lead in the team match after doubles as Caitlin McCullough and Easton Parker took a 7-4 lead on Tatjana Stoll and Lenka Styblova at No. 2 dobules, but the duo of Stoll and Styblova reeled off five straight games to win the match, 9-7, and give Armstrong State the 2-1 edge heading into singles play.
In singles, No. 4-ranked Lutzeier beat No. 32-ranked Warden, 6-1, 6-0, at No. 1 singles, while Stomlega beat McCullough, 6-2, 6-0, at No. 3 signles. Chalaganidze then clinched the match with a 6-2, 6-1 win over Tomaic at No. 5 singles.