LOUISVILLE, Ky. — No. 2-ranked West Florida (28-2) will play for its third national championship on Saturday after the Argos defeated No. 21 Augusta State 5-0 on Friday in the semifinals to advance to the finals of the NCAA Championships. West Florida has won 19 consecutive matches. Augusta State’s season ends with a 19-10 record.
“It was a very good victory for us,” UWF head coach Derrick Racine said. “We jumped out and took all three doubles, which we knew we wanted to do against Augusta State. Coming into singles, we thought we were maybe going to roll through a couple quickly, but they fought hard. We ended up pulling it off.”
West Florida swept doubles. At the No. 2 position, the No. 18-ranked duo of Leandro Ferreira and Andrey Pozhidaev defeated Victor Cabellos and Victor Guimaraes, 8-4. Ferreira and Pozhidaev have won their last 15 matches. Second to finish were Argonauts Mike Lue and Domenico Sano, tallying an 8-4 victory against Jan Labas and Jenner Stevenson at the No. 3 position. The No. 2-ranked doubles tandem of Kevin Ducros and Bruno Savi defeated No. 25-ranked Henrique Boturao and Bernardo Fernandes, 8-5, to give the Argos the sweep. Ducros and Savi are 25-4 at the No. 1 position and have won their last seven matches.
The Argos were leading 3-0 as singles got underway. At No. 6, Sano won his first set against Jenner Stevenson, 6-4, and then blanked him in the second set, 6-0, bringing the Argos within one point of the victory. Sano is 15-5 overall this season. With the matches at the No. 1 and No. 2 positions both one game away from an Argonaut team victory, it was Savi that clinched the match. At No. 2, he recorded a 6-2, 6-2 victory against Boturao and sent the Argos to the finals. Play on all other courts was halted once the overall team victory was won.