West Florida eases past Bluefield State for trip to national quarterfinals
SURPRISE, Ariz. -- West Florida eased past the NCAA Division II Tennis Championships Round of 16 in a 5-0 win on Wednesday against Bluefield State.
UWF advanced to the quarterfinals Thursday against UC San Diego at the Surprise Tennis & Racquet Complex.
“The altitude is a little bit higher than we’re used to, and it’s a little bit windy,” UWF coach Derrick Racine said. “But we just have to struggle through it. We have a good team. Anyone that gets to this level is a good team. They can make you work for it.”
No. 4 Kevin Ducros and Bruno Savi were the first to finish at No. 1 doubles, winning 8-2. Tony Rajaobelina and Domenico Sano then won 8-4 at No. 2 doubles.
Elio Latella and Felipe Frattini trailed 7-3 at No. 3, but came back to win 9-7 to give UWF a 3-0 lead after doubles.
“That [lead] gave us confidence to play in singles,” Savi said. “It’s really tough, because the conditions are really different than Pensacola. It’s always tough to play the first round, so now we’re getting used to the weather and hopefully we get better [Thursday].”
No. 3 Savi won 6-1, 6-1 at No. 1 singles and No. 49 Rajaobelina won 6-3, 6-0 at No. 2 to clinch the 5-0 victory.
“We played UC San Diego once this year,” Rajaobelina said. “We won 5-4, so it’s going to be a hard match. We have to be ready for it.”