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No. 8 UWF Men's Tennis Team Drops 7-2 Match to No. 2 Valdosta State in GSC Opener

Domenico Sano Records Victories in Singles and Doubles

Domenico Sano (Photo by John Blackie)
Domenico Sano (Photo by John Blackie)

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VALDOSTA, Ga. – The No. 8 University of West Florida men’s tennis team (4-5, 0-1 GSC) lost its first Gulf South Conference match of the season today, falling, 2-7, at No. 2 Valdosta State (7-0). For the weekend in Valdosta, Ga., the UWF men went 0-3, dropping matches to the top three teams in the country.

In doubles, Domenico Sano (Macaray, Venezuela) and Jose Carlos Tolentino (Lima, Peru) teamed to defeat Philip Pakebusch and Luis Loeffler, the current No. 3 doubles tandem in the nation, 8-5, at the No. 2 position. Daniel Dueren and Christian Hansen, who are currently ranked No. 2 in the country, defeated Argonauts Leandro Ferreira (Sao Paulo, Brazil) and Andrey Pozhidaev (Sochi, Russia), 8-2, at the No. 1 line. Mike Lue (Richmond Hill, Ontario) and Lukas Larsson (Ystad, Sweden) dropped an 8-6 match to Konstantin Kutschenko and Otto Lenhart at the No. 3 spot.

Valdosta State captured five singles victories. No. 6 Pakebusch defeated No. 15 Ferreira in straight sets, 6-3, 6-1, at the No. 1 singles position. Dueren, who is ranked No. 8 in the nation, defeated No. 20 Pozhidaev, 6-4, 6-4, at the No. 2 line. Tolentino dropped a 4-6, 5-7 match to No. 25 Hansen at No. 3. At the No. 4 position, No. 22 Loeffler defeated Sean Gunnels (Mobile, Ala.), 6-0, 6-2.  Kutschenko defeated Lue, 6-1, 6-4, at No. 5. UWF recorded its only singles victory at Sano tallied a 6-4, 7-6, 10-4 victory over Bernhard Wallner at the No. 6 position.

The Argonaut men and women will return to Pensacola to face William Carey, which competes in the NAIA, on March 3rd at 2 p.m. The matches will be played at the Ralph “Skeeter” Carson Tennis Complex on the UWF campus. Results from the matches and recaps will be available on

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No. 2 Valdosta State 7, No. 8 West Florida 2

Singles competition
#1 No. 6 Philip Pakebusch (VSU) def. No. 15 Leandro Ferreira (UWF) 6-3, 6-1
#2 No. 8 Daniel Dueren (VSU) def. No. 20 Andrey Pozhidaev (UWF) 6-4, 6-4
#3 No. 25 Christian Hansen (VSU) def. Jose Carlos Tolentino (UWF) 6-4, 7-5
#4 No. 22 Luis Loeffler (VSU) def. Sean Gunnels (UWF) 6-0, 6-2
#5 Konstantin Kutschenko (VSU) def. Mike Lue (UWF) 6-1, 6-4
#6 Domenico Sano (UWF) def. Bernhard Wallner (VSU) 6-4, 7-6 (10-4)

#1 No. 2 Daniel Dueren/Christian Hansen (VSU) def. Leandro Ferreira/Andrey Pozhidaev (UWF) 8-2
#2 Jose Carlos Tolentino/Domenico Sano (UWF) def. No. 3 Philip Pakebusch/Luis Loeffler (VSU) 8-5
#3 Konstantin Kutschenko/Otto Lenhart (VSU) def. Mike Lue/Lukas Larsson (UWF) 8-6

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