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AASU Goes Back-To-Back To Back-To-Back

May 18, 2009 04:55 PM

The Armstrong Atlantic State women's and men's tennis team repeated as NCAA Division II national champhions, a feat only accomplished one other time in college tennis history.

About 75 friends, family and fans of Armstrong Atlantic State tennis braved the rainy weather and welcomed home the teams on Sunday at Compass Pointe on the campus of Armstrong Atlantic State.

On Saturday in Altamonte Springs, Fla., the AASU men's tennis team won a five hour-long match and defeated Barry, 5-4, for the program's second NCAA Division II national championship. Sophomore Rafael Array won a three-set match over Barry's Roman Werschel, 6-4, 5-7, 6-3, to earn the clinching point and give the Pirates the title. The team finished the season 30-1.

Not to be outdone, the Lady Pirates claimed a 5-2 win over Lynn to earn the program's fifth NCAA Division II national championship. Gabriella Kovacs' three-set victory over Jessica Yanoff, 4-6, 6-4, 6-4, was the deciding point as AASU avenged its only loss of the 2009 regular season against the Lady Knights. The team's record was 28-1 with an undefeated record of 10-0 in Peach Belt competition.




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