Pirates Tennis Headed for NCAA Round of 16

(May 7, 2011) The newly-minted top-ranked Armstrong Atlantic State University men's tennis team advanced to the NCAA Round of 16 with a 5-1 win over No. 12-ranked Flagler University (Fla.), during the NCAA Southeast Regional in the morning of May 3 at Bacon Park in Savannah. A few hours later, the three-time defending NCAA Division II national champion Armstrong women's tennis team also advanced, after a 5-0 win over, once again, Flagler. The Pirate teams will travel to Altamonte Springs, Fla. for the NCAA Division II Men's and Women's Tennis Championships at Sanlando Park. The action begins on the morning of May 11.

The men's squad (26-0) moved to the top spot of the Intercollegiate Tenns Association Division II men's tennis rankings, released on the morning of the day they beat fellow Peach Belt foe Flagler. They will face defending Division II national champion and No. 5-ranked Barry University (Fla.) in a Round of 16 match up at 1:30 p.m. on May 11. The two teams have won the last three NCAA Division II Men's Tennis championships - the Pirates won the title in 2008 and 2009 while Barry knocked off the Pirates in the 2010 quarterfinals en route to the title. The Pirates faced Barry in the regular season on April 8 with the Pirates taking a 6-3 win in Miami Shores, Fla.

For the fourth-ranked Lady Pirates (26-2), the quest for the seventh overall title and fourth straight, will begin on at 10:30 a.m. on May 11, when they face Indiana University (Pa.) in a first-round match. Indiana advanced to its first-ever Round of 16 with a 5-4 win over Slippery Rock University (Pa.) in the Atlantic Regional. On April 17, the Lady Pirates claimed their eighth straight Peach Belt Conference Title after a 5-1 win over Columbus State University.

To follow the action in Altamonte Springs starting Wednesday, May 11, follow the tennis blog on the Pirate Athletics Website.