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No. 8 West Florida Blanks New Orleans 9-0 to Finish Regular Season

Argos Head Into Postseason With 18-8 Record

Sean Gunnels won at the No. 2 spot in singles and doubles on Sunday (Photo by John Blackie)
Sean Gunnels won at the No. 2 spot in singles and doubles on Sunday (Photo by John Blackie)

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PENSACOLA, Fla. – The No. 8 West Florida men’s tennis team closed out regular season play with a 9-0 win over the University of New Orleans at home on Sunday.  With the win, the Argonauts improved to 18-8 overall heading into the Gulf South Conference Tournament on April 16-17.

The Argonauts started with strong play in doubles, as sophomore Leandro Ferreira (Sao Paulo, Brazil/Colegio Antonio Afonso) and junior Andrey Pozhidaev (Sochi, Russia), the No. 10 doubles team in Division II men’s tennis, picked up an 8-4 win at the No. 1 position.

In singles play, the Argonauts dropped just two total sets to the Privateers.  Pozhidaev and junior Sean Gunnels (Mobile, Ala./Murphy HS) won at the No. 1 and No. 2 positions, respectively, and both players won after third set tiebreakers.  The rest of UWF’s singles lineup won in straight sets, including freshman Domenico Sano (Macaray, Venezuela) winning 6-0, 6-0 at the No. 4 spot.

UWF (18-8, 3-1 GSC) will have a full week to prepare for the GSC Tournament in Montgomery, Ala. on April 16-17.  For more information on the GSC Tournament, visit www.gscsports.com.  For information on all UWF Athletics, visit www.GoArgos.com.

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#8 University of West Florida 9, New Orleans 0
4/10/2011 at Pensacola, Fla. (Ralph "Skeeter" Carson Tennis Complex)

Singles competition
1. #27 Andrey Pozhidaev (UWF) def. Benjamin Bouhana (UNO-M) 4-6, 7-6, 10-6
2. Sean Gunnels (UWF) def. Vinay Kamineni (UNO-M) 6-4, 2-6, 11-9
3. Mike Lue (UWF) def. Hossam Meligy (UNO-M) 6-4, 6-1
4. Domenico Sano (UWF) def. Rohit Chivukula (UNO-M) 6-0, 6-0
5. Guilherme Canineo (UWF) def. Joshua Marx (UNO-M) 6-1, 6-1
6. Mallory Leighty (UWF) def. Oliver Grimbly (UNO-M) 7-5, 6-3

Doubles competition
1. #10 Leandro Ferreira/Andrey Pozhidaev (UWF) def. Benjamin Bouhana/Hossam Meligy (UNO-M) 8-4
2. Domenico Sano/Sean Gunnels (UWF) def. Vinay Kamineni/Abdelrahman Zaki (UNO-M) 8-4
3. Mike Lue/Lukas Larsson (UWF) def. Oliver Grimbly/Rohit Chivukula (UNO-M) 8-3

Match Notes
New Orleans 10-4
University of West Florida 18-8; National ranking #8; Regional ranking #4
New Orleans is in NCAA Division I

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