West Florida defeats Rollins
Argos advance to NCAA Round of 16 for 12th time
PENSACOLA, Fla. -- No. 2 West Florida (25-2) won the NCAA South Regional 1 on Monday with a 5-1 victory against No. 6 Rollins. West Florida advances to the NCAA Championships to be played in Louisville, Ky., May 16-19th. It is the 12th time in school history that the Argos have advanced to at least the Round of 16 in the NCAA Championships. UWF has won its last 16 matches.
It is the second time this season that the Argos have defeated Rollins. On March 21st, then No. 7-ranked UWF traveled to Winter Park and defeated then-No. 8 Rollins 6-3. The Gulf South Conference Champion Argos are the No. 1-ranked team in the South Region, while Rollins is the No. 4 team in the South. Rollins’ season ends with a 17-9 record.
West Florida opened the match by sweeping doubles. The No. 17-ranked duo of Leandro Ferreira and Andrey Pozhidaev gave the Argos the 1-0 lead as they tallied an 8-3 victory against Bernado Barroso and Constantin Sturdza at the No. 2 position. Ferreira and Pozhidaev have won their last 12 matches. At the No. 3 line, Argonauts Mike Lue and Domenico Sano defeated Ari Davis and Jeff Morris, 8-3. Lue and Sano are now 20-5 this season in doubles. In the final doubles match to finish, the No. 2-ranked doubles tandem of Bruno Savi and Kevin Ducros defeated the No. 10-ranked duo of Jason Alabaster and Lucas Jovita, 8-6. Savi and Ducros are also the No. 2-ranked doubles team in the South Region.
In singles, Rollins was the first to get on the board, as No. 2-ranked Jovita defeated No. 9-ranked Ducros, 6-0, 6-3, at the No. 1 position. The Argos went up 4-1 as No. 21-ranked Pozhidaev recorded a straight-set, 6-0, 6-2, victory against No. 43 Malte Christesen at No. 3. West Florida won the match when Sano defeated Alabaster, 6-3, 6-4, at No. 6. Once the overall victory was clinched, all remaining matches were halted.