ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, Fla. - The No. 5-ranked and two-time defending NCAA Division II national champion Armstrong State University women's tennis team saw its bid for a third straight title halted by No. 2 Barry in the NCAA Division II National Semifinals on Friday, 5-2, at Sanlando Park in Altamonte Springs, Fla.
Armstrong State sees its season, and the program, come to a close with their 19th national semifinal appearance. In the history of Pirate tennis, Armstrong State won an NCAA Division II-record 10 national titles and made 15 appearances in the National Championship match. The Pirates ended the 2017 season with a 26-5 record, while Barry (28-0) will meet Lynn for the national championship on Saturday.
Barry took a commanding 3-0 lead after doubles play as No. 4-ranked Ana Pain and Sonja Larsen defeated No. 2-ranked Lena Lutzeier and Diana Stomlega, 8-2, at No. 1 doubles. Verena Schmid and Isabel Rapisarda downed Alice Patch and Tamri Chalaganidze, 8-3, at No. 3 doubles, then Zuza Maciejewski and Dasha Salnikova downed Tatjana Stoll and Lenka Styblova, 8-5, at No. 2 doubles.
The Pirates picked up a point at No. 1 singles as No. 4-ranked Lutzeier bested No. 26-ranked Maciejewska, 6-3, 6-1, but Barry won a pair of straight-set singles matches to clinch the match. Larsen blanked Chalaganidze, 6-0, 6-0, at No. 5 singles, while Karina Goia downed Styblova, 6-0, 6-0, at No. 6 singles.