UWF Men's Tennis to Host NCAA South Regional #1
No. 2-Ranked UWF Receives No. 1 Seed in the South Region
PENSACOLA, Fla. – The University of West Florida men’s tennis team (23-2) received the No. 1 seed in the South Region and will host South Regional #1 of the NCAA Championships April 28-30th; it was announced by the NCAA this evening. UWF, which is currently ranked No. 2 in the nation, is making its 16th straight appearance in the NCAA Championships.
Nine teams will be competing in South Regionals #1 and #2, hosted by West Florida and Lynn, respectively, April 28-30th. In South Regional #1, No. 8-seed West Alabama will face No. 9-seed Fort Valley State on Saturday, April 28th at 10 a.m. On the second day of the tournament, No. 4-seed Rollins will play No. 5-seed Saint Leo and No. 1-seed West Florida will play the winner of the West Alabama-Fort Valley State match. The West Florida match will be played at 10 a.m. and the Rollins-Saint Leo match will be played at 1 p.m. The two Sunday winners will play each other on Monday at 3 p.m. West Florida defeated West Alabama, 8-1, on the road earlier this season. UWF tallied a 6-3 victory on the road over then No. 8-Rollins on March 21st. UWF has not faced Fort Valley State or Saint Leo this season. All matches will be played at the Ralph “Skeeter” Carson Tennis Complex on the UWF campus in Pensacola. Results and recaps from all of UWF’s matches in NCAA South Regional #1 will be available on GoArgos.com.
Lynn, the No. 2 seed, will host South Regional #2 and will face No. 7 Florida Southern. The other first round match in South Regional #2 will be No. 6-seed Valdosta State versus No. 3-seed Barry. Both of these matches will be played on April 28th. The two winners will play each other the following day. West Florida defeated then-No. 5-ranked Lynn, 5-4, on March 20th. UWF defeated Florida Southern, 8-1, in its first road match of the season. UWF faced Valdosta State, the defending national champions, twice this season. No. 2 West Florida defeated No. 5 Valdosta State, 8-1, in a Gulf South Conference match up on March 30th. This past Sunday, the Argos defeated Valdosta State, 5-1, in the finals of the Gulf South Conference Men’s Tennis Championships. The winners of South Regional #1 and South Regional #2 will advance to the NCAA Championships in Louisville, Ky.
West Florida is 23-2 overall this season. The Argos are the No. 2 team in the nation and is the No. 1-ranked team in the South Region. UWF has won its last 14 matches. This past weekend, the Argos won their ninth Gulf South Conference Championship. West Florida was a perfect 7-0 in regular season GSC play.
The Argos have made the NCAA Championships every year since 1997. West Florida advanced to the finals in 1997, and the Argos were crowned the national champions in 2004 and 2005. Five additional years, the Argos advanced to the semifinals of the tournament.
West Florida is led in singles by Kevin Ducros (Aix-en-Provence, France), Bruno Savi (Santana do Livramento, Brazil) and Andrey Pozhidaev (Sochi, Russia). Ducros is the No. 9 singles player in the nation and the No. 4 player in the South Region. He is 10-5 overall this season in singles, including 5-0 at the No. 2 position. Savi is ranked No. 12 nationally and No. 6 in the South Region. Savi is 16-2 overall in his first season as an Argonaut and has won his last 13 matches. Pozhidaev is listed at No. 21 nationally and No. 9 in the South Region. He is 19-2 this season and has won his last 12 matches.
UWF has two nationally ranked doubles tandems. Ducros and Savi are the No. 2 doubles team in the nation and the No. 1 doubles team in the South. The duo is 20-4 this season, with all matches being played at the No. 1 position. Pozhidaev and Leandro Ferreira (Sao Paulo, Brazil) are the No. 17 doubles team nationally and are listed as No. 6 in the South Region. The duo is 18-3 this season and have won their last 10 matches.
The winners of NCAA South Regional #1 and South Regional #2 will advance to the NCAA Championships May 16-19th. The Championships will be held at the Top Gun Tennis Academy in Louisville, Ky. For information on all UWF Athletics, visit www.GoArgos.com.