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West Florida Athletics | May 16, 2014

West Fla. sets up semifinal rematch

  Tony Rajaobelina won at No. 2 singles to clinch the win for West Florida.

ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, Fla. -- For the second day in a row, the NCAA championships at Sanlando Park was delayed by rain. The delay didn’t slow down West Florida, as the Argonauts picked up a 5-0 win against Midwestern State on Thursday evening to advance to the national semifinals on Friday.

With the win, UWF (27-0) will face Armstrong Atlantic (20-6) in the national semifinals at 1 p.m. ET Friday. UWF and Armstrong faced each other in the national finals in 2012 and the national semifinals in '13. Armstrong came out on top both times, but the Argonauts will head into Friday’s match with a higher national rank this season.

“It’s a battle every time we face Armstrong,” UWF head coach Derrick Racine said. “We’ve played them numerous times here at the national tournament. It’s always a dogfight and a tough match. We’re expecting the same tomorrow.”

In doubles play in Thursday’s match against Midwestern State (19-7), the Argos’ team of Bruno Savi and Tony Rajaobelina picked up an 8-1 win against Tomas Grejtak and Ramon Toyos at the No. 1 spot. At the No. 3 spot, Domenico Sano and Elio Latella defeated Jarrod Liston and Zack Santagate by a score of 8-4 to put UWF up 2-0. The Argos then earned the doubles sweep at the No. 2 spot as Alex Peyrot and Felipe Frattini won a hard-fought match against Kacper Boborykin and Kyle Davidson 8-6.

UWF clinched the trip to the national semifinals with wins at the No. 2 and No. 4 spots in singles play. Kenny Brasil was the first to finish, as he won 6-0, 6-0 against Jarrod Liston at the No. 4 spot. Tony Rajaobelina picked up the victory at No. 2 by defeating Kyle Davidson 6-1, 6-2.