UWF Men's Tennis Retains No. 1 Spot in South Region
UWF Has Four Singles Players and Two Doubles Teams Ranked in the South Region
SKILLMAN, N.J. – The No. 2-ranked University of West Florida men’s tennis team (23-2) retained the No. 1 spot in the South Region portion of the Campbell’s/ITA College Tennis Rankings, it was announced by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) today. UWF also has four singles players and two doubles teams ranked in the South Region. UWF, which is the No. 1 seed in the South Region, will host NCAA South Regional #1 this weekend.
The ITA ranks the top 10 teams in each region. Following UWF in the top five are Lynn, Barry, Rollins and Saint Leo. Gulf South Conference foe and defending national champion Valdosta State is listed as the No. 6 team in the region. Florida Southern is the No. 7 team and is followed by New Orleans at No. 8. GSC participants West Alabama and Delta State round out the top 10. Florida Tech, Alabama-Huntsville and North Alabama are all receiving votes. UWF has defeated Lynn, Barry, Rollins, Valdosta State, Florida Southern, New Orleans, UWA, Delta State, UAH and North Alabama this season. The Argos have not faced Saint Leo or Florida Tech this year. UWF, Lynn, Barry, Rollins, Saint Leo, Valdosta State, Florida Southern and West Alabama all made the 48-team field of the NCAA Championships.
West Florida has four players ranked in the South Region in singles. UWF senior Kevin Ducros (Aix-en-Provence, France) is listed as the No. 4 player in the South. Ducros is 10-5 this season, including 5-0 at the No. 2 singles position. Ducros was also ranked No. 4 in the previous regional rankings, which were released on March 21st. He is followed by UWF sophomore Bruno Savi (Santana do Livramento, Brazil) at No. 5. Savi, who is playing in his first season as an Argonaut, is 16-2 in singles this season and has won his last 13 matches. UWF senior Andrey Pozhidaev (Sochi, Russia) is listed as the No. 10 player in the South Region. He is 19-2 this season and has won his last 12 matches. West Florida freshman Elio Latela (Sydney, Australia) is making his first appearance in the South Region rankings, coming in at No. 19. He is 17-1 in singles matches this season, including 7-0 at the No. 5 line.
UWF has two doubles teams ranked in the South Region. Savi and Ducros, who are currently the No. 2 doubles duo in the nation, fell one spot to No. 2 in the South Region. The duo is 20-4 this season and 8-2 in their last 10 matches. Pozhidaev and UWF junior Leandro Ferreira (Sao Paulo, Brazil) are the No. 8-ranked team in the South Region. They were also No. 8 in the previous regional rankings released on March 21st. The duo is 18-3, with all matches being played at the No. 2 line. They are the No. 17-ranked doubles tandem in the nation.
West Florida is listed as the No. 2 team in the nation. New national rankings will be released on May 2nd. West Florida has only lost two matches this season. UWF’s lone Division II loss came to then-No. 3 ranked Armstrong Atlantic, which is currently the No. 1 team in the nation. The Argos’ only other loss this season came at the hands of Ole Miss, which at the time was the No. 15 team in NCAA Division I tennis. West Florida has won its last 14 matches.
West Florida is the No. 1 seed in the South Region and will host NCAA South Regional #1 April 28-30th at the Ralph “Skeeter” Carson Tennis Complex on the UWF campus. On April 29th, UWF will face the winner of the West Alabama-Fort Valley State match. First serve of the Argos match is set for 10 a.m. central. Results and recaps from all of UWF matches in the NCAA tournament will be available on GoArgos.com. For information on all UWF Athletics, visit www.GoArgos.com.