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#4 Argonauts Edge #10 Bearcats in Opener

Feb. 2, 2007

PENSACOLA, Fla. - In a match up of two of the most successful tennis programs in the NCAA Division II, fourth-ranked West Florida edged 10th ranked Lander, 5-4, Friday at the Ralph "Skeeter" Carson Tennis Complex. The match was the season-opener for both teams, who have combined to win 12 NCAA Division II titles.

Playing under cloudy and cool conditions, West Florida earned two of three doubles wins in the first and third positions. Highlighting the doubles matches was a dominating 8-2 win by the Argonauts tandem of Nicolas Barrientos (Cali, Colombia/Colegio Akademos) and Dante Bottini (Buenos Aires, Argentina/Drury Univ.).

Reigning GSC Player of the Year Diego Zorzi (Buenos Aires, Argentina/Manuel) pulled off an upset in the number two singles match with a straight set win over 19th ranked Nicholas Legros. Lander pulled off an upset of their own in the first position when reigning NCAA Division II Mid-Atlantic Region Rookie Player of the Year Joakim Karlsson topped 11th ranked Bottini in straight sets.

Three matches went to three sets, and Lander claimed two hard-fought victories. West Florida's lone win was in the fourth position. Forty-first ranked Eduardo Cavasotti (Florianopolis, Brazil/Shorter Coll.) lost the first set, but came back to earn the victory.

West Florida (1-0) will continue their season-opening three-match home stand on Saturday against Florida Tech. The match will begin at 3 p.m. at the Ralph "Skeeter" Carson Tennis Complex.


#1 Singles: Joakim Karlsson (LU) def. #11 Dante Bottini (UWF), 6-3, 6-2

#2 Singles: Diego Zorzi (UWF) def. #19 Nicholas Legros (LU), 6-4, 6-2

#3 Singles: Guilherme Fonseca (LU) def. #37 Nicolas Barrientos (UWF), 6-7 (4), 6-4, 7-5

#4 Singles: #41 Eduardo Cavasotti (UWF) def. George Wilkinson (LU), 3-6, 6-3, 6-2

#5 Singles: #16 Andre Ivarsson (LU) def. Luis Arboleda (UWF), 6-3, 1-6, 7-5

#6 Singles: Luiz Bernardi (UWF) def. T.C. Valle (LU), 7-6 (5), 6-1

#1 Doubles: N. Barrientos/D. Bottini (UWF) def. T. Valle/J. Karlsson (LU), 8-2

#2 Doubles: A. Ivarsson/Henrik Willers (LU) def. E. Cavasotti/L. Bernardi (UWF), 8-5

#3 Doubles: D. Zorzi/L. Arboleda (UWF) def. G. Fonseca/G. Wilkinson (LU), 8-5

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