Savannah, GA - Valdosta State, perfect in 11 outings, finally fell, 7-2, to undefeated No. 3 Armstrong Atlantic State Friday afternoon to fall to 11-1.
The Blazers fell into a hole early, facing a 2-1 deficit after doubles. Valdosta State’s top doubles team, No. 2 Daniel Dueren and Christian Hansen finally faced the only doubles team ranked higher in the nation: No. 1 Rafael Array and Mikk Irdoja. Array and Irdoja fought to an 8-5 win.
In third doubles, No. 39 Konstantin Kutschenko and Otto Lenhart fell, 8-6, to No. 8 Eudaldo Bonet and Daniel Regan.
The closest of the three doubles matches came in the second spot where No. 3 Philip Pakebusch and Luis Loeffler edged out No. 20 Matus Mydla and Pedro Scocuglia, 9-8 (8).
In singles play, No. 25 Hansen and Lenhart were the first to fall. Hansen was beaten by No. 30 Mydla, 6-0, 6-2, in the third spot, and Lenhart lost to Scocuglia, 6-3, 6-4, in the sixth spot.
Kutschenko was the first to tally a point for Valdosta State in singles play. The unranked Kutschenko knocked off No. 21 Regan in straight sets, 6-4, 6-2.
Down, 4-2, at this point, Valdosta State still had a chance, but No. 4 Irdoja was able to withstand No. 6 Pakebusch for the fifth AASU point. Pakebusch fell in the first set, but bounced back in the second. It wasn’t enough as Irdoja closed out the third to win it, 7-5, 4-6, 6-3.
Next to fall for VSU was No. 8 Dueren. He might have played the closest match, dropping the first set just barely to No. 2 Bonet, 7-6. Dueren came back to win the second set, 6-4, but Bonet snagged control in the third to finish with a 7-6, 4-6, 6-1 victory.
No. 13 Array earned the final AASU point with a three set win over No. 22 Loeffler, 5-7, 6-1, 6-0.
Valdosta State’s next match comes at 1 p.m. April 9 when the team hosts Embry Riddle.