DAHLONEGA, GA – The North Georgia men's tennis team suffered a 9-0 loss to the No. 1 team in the country on Sunday afternoon, falling to Armstrong Atlantic at the Yahoola Creek Tennis Complex in Peach Belt Conference action.
The Saints fall to 6-9 overall and 0-8 in the Peach Belt Conference, while the Pirates clinch a share of the PBC regular season title with the victory, improving to 18-0 overall and 8-0 in league play. AASU has captured six of the past seven PBC titles.
North Georgia dropped all three doubles matches, with the closest coming at No. 1, where the nation's top-ranked doubles team of Rafael Array and Mikk Irdoja and edged Felipe Friedrich and Mateus Camasmie 8-5, while the Saints fell 8-4 at No. 2 doubles, and 8-2 at No. 3.
With five of the six Armstrong Atlantic players ranked the among the nation's top 25, the Saints had their work cutout for them at every turn. Adrien Saulais had the closest match of the day, falling in straight sets 6-2, 6-3 to 13th-ranked Array at No. 4 singles.
North Georgia returns to action on Tuesday afternoon, welcoming Young Harris to town for a non-conference showdown against the Mountain Lions. First serve is set for 3:00 p.m. at the Yahoola Creek Tennis Complex.
|1. #4 Mikk Irdoja (AASU) def. Felipe Friedrich (NGCSUM) 6-3, 6-1|
|2. #2 Eudaldo Bonet (AASU) def. Mateus Camasmie (NGCSUM) 6-1, 6-2|
|3. #30 Matus Mydla (AASU) def. Giovani Santos (NGCSUM) 6-0, 6-1|
|4. #13 Rafael Array (AASU) def. Adrien Saulais (NGCSUM) 6-2, 6-3|
|5. #21 Daniel Regan (AASU) def. Brandon Sloan (NGCSUM) 6-0, 6-2|
|6. Pedro Scocuglia (AASU) def. Ernesto Farinas (NGCSUM) 6-0, 6-0|
|1. #1 Rafael Array/Mikk Irdoja (AASU) def. Felipe Friedrich/Mateus Camasmie (NGCSUM) 8-5|
|2. #20 Matus Mydla/Pedro Scocuglia (AASU) def. Brandon Sloan/Adrien Saulais (NGCSUM) 8-4|
|3. #8 Eudaldo Bonet/Daniel Regan (AASU) def. Ernesto Farinas/Giovani Santos (NGCSUM) 8-|
|Armstrong Atlantic 18-0, 8-0 PBC; National ranking #1|
|North Georgia 6-9, 0-8 PBC; Regional ranking #18|