PENSACOLA, Fla. - The No. 9 West Florida men's tennis team (5-6, 2-1 GSC) picked up another win over an NAIA opponent by defeating 7-2 No. 15 Berry (3-2) on Wednesday, March 18 at the Ralph “Skeeter” Carson Complex in Pensacola. The Argonauts earned their fifth win of the season, as they dropped only two points against the Vikings.
The Argonauts started strong in doubles, as they won two out of three matches. Andrey Pozhidaev (freshman/Sochi, Russia) teamed with Kevin Ducros (freshman/Aix-en-Provence, France) to defeat 8-2 Stan Atema and Daniel Mician in the first spot. The Vikings responded pulling a win at the second spot to tie the match at 1-1, with Marcelo Lebrao and Adam Clifton defeating 8-4 Argos Nathan Rosenfeld (freshman/Miami, Fla.) and Sean Gunnels (freshman/Mobile, Ala.). In the third spot, Luis Arboleda (senior/Medellin, Colombia) teamed with Jose Ycaza (senior/Guayaquil, Ecuador) and got 8-5 win over Marcelo Peterlini and Chris Clark to give the Argonauts the 2-1 lead entering the singles action.
In the singles action West Florida squad was also stronger than the Vikings, as the Argos won five of the six matches. The Argonauts earned two easy 6-0, 6-1 wins in the first two matches finished to earn the 4-1 lead over the Vikings. Mike Lue (freshman/Richmond Hills, Ontario) defeated Mician, while Leandro Schujmann (sophomore/Porto Alegre, Brazil) defeated Jonathan Surls respectively in the fifth and sixth spots. Gunnels defeated Clifton with a 6-1, 6-4 score in the fourth spot, giving the Argonauts the fifth point to secure the team victory over the Vikings. Rosenfeld played in the second singles position and beat Atema with a 6-2, 6-3 score. The Vikings earned their second point in the third singles when No. 41 Arboleda fell 6-4, 6-3 to Peterlini. First Argonaut singles player Pozhidaev earned the squad’s seventh and final point by defeating Lebrao with 6-3, 6-4 score. Adding up the score from singles and doubles, the Argonauts earned a 7-2 victory over the Vikings.
With the win West Florida improves to a 5-6 overall record, while the Berry drops to a 3-2 record. West Florida will now have a tough opponent ahead, when it faces Division I No. 5 Mississippi (12-2) on Thursday March 19 at 1:00 pm. For information on all UWF Athletics, visit www.GoArgos.com.