VALDOSTA, Ga. – Valdosta State tennis came head to head with national powerhouse Armstrong Atlantic State at 2 p.m. Saturday. The Pirates swept both tennis teams, beating the Lady Blazers, 9-0, and the Blazers, 7-2. However, Blazers No.19 Christian Hansen and No. 45 Konstantin Kutschenko both upset a pair of top ranked players.
Hansen, in top singles, faced No. 1 Georgi Rumenov. After dropping the first set, 6-4, Hansen rebounded to win a tiebreaker, 10-4, to take the second set, 7-6. In the super tiebreaker, Hansen ran away with the win, 10-3.
Kutschenko’s upset of No. 3 Eudaldo Bonet was also a three-set battle. Kutschenko also lost his first set, 6-1, but rebounded to take the next two, 6-3, 10-3.
Those were the only bright spots for VSU on the day as the men dropped to 8-8 on the season and the Lady Blazers fell below .500 to 8-9. Armstrong Atlantic State improved to 21-0 for the men and 20-0 for the women.
Hansen and Niklas Herbring fell, 8-5, in top doubles to the No. 1 team of Mikk Irdoja and Rumenov. In second and third doubles the teams of Tammo Haake and Sebastian Jasyk and Kutschenko and Nicola Kusy both fell, 8-3, to AASU.
In singles, the Blazers faced a total of five ranked opponents. After Hansen and Kutschenko, the top ranked players proved to be too much for VSU.No. 10 Matus Mydla beat Herbring, 6-2, 6-3, while No. 32 Sven Lalic beat Santiago Vidales, 6-0, 6-2. In the fifth spot, No. 35 Pedro Scocuglia defeated Kusy, 6-3, 6-2. In the only matchup without a ranked player AASU’s Daniel Regan beat Jasy, 6-3, 6-4.
The Lady Blazers suffered much of the same fate against the No. 3 ranked team as the men did against the No. 1 team.
Armstrong Atlantic was ranked in every match from No. 2 in top doubles to No. 30 in sixth singles. Sara Braun and Alina Nagel fell to No. 2 Aleksandra Filipovsk and Barbora Krtickova, 8-2. In the second spot No. 10 Marlen Hacke and Olga Kalodzits defeated Michelle Fischer and Juliana Boehm, 8-3, the same score that Maja Ehses and Tina Trautmann fell to No. 15 Clara Perez and Kathleen Henry in bottom doubles.
In singles play, Fischer fell to No. 4 Krtickova, 6-1, 6-2, while Braun dropped to No. 7 Filipovsk, 6-3, 6-2. Trautmann put up a fight initially against No. 20 Kalodzitsa, winning the first set, 7-6, with a 10-4 victory in the tiebreaker. Kalodzitsa answered with a 6-0 sweep in the second set and a 10-1 win in the super tiebreaker.
Nagel and Boehm suffered similar fates in the fourth and fifth spots against No. 23 Henry and No. 24 Hacke respectively. Nagel fell, 6-3, 6-2, while Boehm dropped, 6-2, 6-3. In the final single match No. 30 Perez took down Jessica Tuggle, 6-1, 6-1.
Both the Blazers and Lady Blazers will look to bounce back against Georgia College at 4 p.m. Tuesday.