The Valdosta Daily Times
The top-ranked Armstrong Atlantic State men’s tennis team cruised to a 9-0 victory over No. 24 Valdosta State at Bacon Park Saturday afternoon.
The Pirates opened the match by winning all three doubles points. Armstrong’s Jaan Kononov and Matus Mydla defeated Andrew Harving and Joachim Schemm 8-1 at No. 3. The top-ranked team of Daniel Regan and Georgi Rumenov topped Konstantin Kutschenko and Mario Navarro 8-3 at No. 1. Ninth-ranked Sven Lalic and Pedro Scocuglia defeated Taamo Haake and Sebastian Jasyk 8-5 at No. 2 to close out the doubles matches.
AASU pushed its advantage to 4-0 when No. 9 Mydla topped No. 11 Kutschenko 6-0, 6-0 at No. 1 singles, then Kononov defeated Harvin 6-1, 6-0 at No. 6 singles to seal the victory. No. 22 Scocuglia added a 6-0, 6-2 win over Jasyk at No. 4, while No. 18 Lalic topped Navarro 6-1, 6-1 at No. 3. Pablo Gor contributed a 6-4, 6-1 win over Haake at No. 5. No. 14 Regan closed out the match with a 6-4, 6-4 at No. 2.
Armstrong Atlantic’s women cruised to an 8-1 win over Valdosta State, despite seeing its top player upset in singles play.
The Pirates won all three doubles points to grab the early lead. The top-ranked duo of Aleksandra Filipovski and Barbora Krtickova defeated Michelle Fischer and Alina Nagel 8-0 at No. 1, Clara Perez and Natasha Vukovic downed Jennifer Rink and Jessica Tuggle 8-1 at No. 3 and sixth-ranked Marlen Hacke and Olga Kalodzitsa closed out doubles with an 8-2 win over Julianna Boehm and Laura Ubeda 8-2 at No. 2.
Jessica Gardefjord claimed a 6-0, 6-0 win over Tuggle at No. 6 singles to pull AASU within a point of the victory, then No. 14 Hacke defeated Rink 6-0, 6-1 at No. 3 to seal the victory.
No. 33 Perez added a 6-2, 6-0 win over Ubeda at No. 4. No. 8 Filipovski defeated Nagel 6-2, 6-2 at No. 2. No. 13 Kalodzitsa topped Boehm 6-2, 7-6 (7-4) at No. 5.
Fischer pulled off the upset of the day, as she defeated second-ranked Krtickova 2-6, 6-3, 11-9 in the No. 1 singles match.
Valdosta State returns to action on Friday, when it travels to Rome to take on Shorter in a Gulf South Conference match at 2 p.m.