National Powerhouse Sweeps VSU Tennis

By: VSU Sports Information
By: VSU Sports Information

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.


Comments are posted from viewers like you and do not always reflect the views of this station.
powered by Disqus
WSWG TV 107 2nd Ave S.W. Moultrie Ga. 31768
Gray Television, Inc. - Copyright © 2002-2014 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 147456075 - wctv.tv/a?a=147456075