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PENSACOLA, Fla. -- No. 3 West Florida defeated No. 10 Concordia (N.Y.) 6-3 on Friday at the Ralph “Skeeter” Carson Tennis Complex to extend its winning streak to eight.

“It was a great match,” UWF coach Derrick Racine said. “We really stepped up and played well”.

The Argonauts (13-1) got off to a slow start and trailed the Clippers (5-2) 2-1 after doubles in front of a large home crowd.

No. 4 Bruno Savi and Kevin Ducros won 8-4 at No. 1 against the No. 2 team in the East Region, but Tony Rajaobelina and Domenico Sano lost to the top-ranked team in the East Region and the No. 8 team in the nation 8-5 at the No. 2 spot.

“They really jumped on us at doubles,” Racine said. “Not that we weren't expecting it, but they caught us a little by surprise. They came out and were aggressive. But we beared down in singles.

“I think the guys really showed some heart and fought back. A few singles that we were really close on, we stepped up and finished them off.”

No. 8 Ducros defeated No. 10 Andrey Boldarev 7-6, 5-5 and retired at No. 1. No. 3 Savi defeated No. 14 Daniele Pildu 6-2, 6-2 at No. 2.

“Concordia is always tough, no matter what,” Savi said after winning his singles match to put UWF 4-3 at the time. “But, we always have big support [at home] and have a lot of friends here that come and support us.”

No. 43 Rajaobelina won 6-1, 6-4 against the No. 4 player in the East Region, Felipe Frattini won 6-4, 6-2 against the No. 5 player in the East Region and Sano won 6-3, 6-2 against the No. 6 player in the East Region.