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No. 9 UWF to Face Harding in NCAA First Round

Argonauts Head to Miami Shores, Fla. for NCAA South Regional

Andrey Pozhidaev (Photo by Bill Stockland)
Andrey Pozhidaev (Photo by Bill Stockland)

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The No. 9 West Florida men’s tennis team has earned a 14th straight appearance in the NCAA Division II Championships, it was announced on Wednesday.  The Argonauts will travel to Miami Shores, Fla. to host school Barry, and UWF will face Gulf South Conference rival Harding in the first round on Thursday, May 6.

The winner of the six-team preliminary round tournament will earn a trip to the 6-team single elimination national championship tournament held in Altamonte Springs, Fla. on May 12-15.

UWF is one of 12 teams selected to the tournament from the South Region, with six teams heading to one of two host sites.  No. 5 Barry will host one half of the regional, as No. 2 Valdosta State will serve as the other host.  The other five teams on the Argonauts’ side of the region are Barry, Harding, No. 4 Ouachita Baptist, No. 7 Florida Southern, and Morehouse.  Barry and Ouachita Baptist will receive first round byes; the winner of the Harding-West Florida match will play Barry, and the winner of the Florida Southern-Morehouse match will play OBU.

The Argonauts have reached the NCAA postseason 14 straight seasons dating back to 1997, highlighted by eight trips to the NCAA semifinals and two NCAA championships in 2004 and 2005.  UWF holds a record of 42-11 in NCAA Tournament play, marking the most wins and the top winning percentage (.792) of any Gulf South Conference school.

Last season UWF advanced to the finals of the regional preliminary round hosted by Barry, falling to the host Buccaneers 5-0.  That marked the first time the Argonauts have not advanced to the round of 16 since 1997, largely thanks to the regional restructuring of the tournament.

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