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Argonaut Weekly: October 5-11

Argonauts of the Week (L to R): Kevin Ducros, Leandro Ferreira, Bailee Hedstrom
Argonauts of the Week (L to R): Kevin Ducros, Leandro Ferreira, Bailee Hedstrom

PENSACOLA, Fla. – It was an especially successful week in University of West Florida Athletics, as the men’s soccer, women’s soccer, and volleyball teams went undefeated in Gulf South Conference play, the men’s and women’s cross country teams posted numerous personal records at the Gulf Coast Stampede, and Kevin Ducros and Leandro Ferreira claimed the doubles title at the Wilson / ITA South Regional Championships.  The UWF volleyball team’s annual Pack it Pink match to promote breast cancer awareness highlights the week ahead.


ARGONAUTS OF THE WEEK

Kevin Ducros and Leandro Ferreira
Men’s Tennis

Over the weekend sophomore Kevin Ducros (Aix-en-Provence, France) and freshman Leandro Ferreira (Sao Paolo, Brazil) became the second men’s tennis doubles team from West Florida to claim the ITA Regional Championship since UWF moved to NCAA Division II.  The duo defeated Luca Pavanelli and Alex Voirin of Lynn University 8-6 in the finals, and they will move on to the ITA Small College Championships in Mobile, Ala. on October 15-18.  Ducros and Ferreira will attempt to become the second doubles team in UWF men’s tennis history to claim a national championship.

Bailee Hedstrom
Women’s Cross Country

Sophomore Bailee Hedstrom (Ponte Verde Beach, Fla./Nease HS) ran to a cross country personal record in the women’s collegiate 5k at the Gulf Coast Stampede hosted by UWF at the Escambia County Equestrian Center over the weekend.  Hedstrom finished eighth overall and first among Division II runners, crossing the line at 18:37.  Her time also ranks eighth in UWF women’s cross country history in the 5k, and it is the top 5k time for an Argonaut since Tanya Simpson set the school mark at 18:07 in 1998.


VOLLEYBALL (11-8, 2-1 GSC East)
- 9/29 vs. Mobile: 3-0 W (25-15, 25-20, 25-17)
- 10/2 @ Alabama-Huntsville: 3-1 W (25-20, 25-17, 20-25, 25-19)
- 10/3 @ North Alabama: 3-0 W (25-14, 26-24, 31-29)

The No. 24 Argonauts swept NAIA opponent University of Mobile in three sets (25-15, 25-20, 25-17) on Tuesday evening. West Florida was led offensively by Chelsea Wilhoite with 13 kills on a .323 hitting percentage. West Florida stuck out a long day of travel on Friday, and earned their first Gulf South Conference win of the season with a 3-1 (25-20, 25-17, 20-25, 25-19) victory over Alabama-Huntsville. The team then handed North Alabama their first conference loss in a 3-0 sweep (25-14, 26-24, 31-29). The Argos improved to 11-8 overall, 2-1 in the GSC as they battled their way to a crucial victory over the previously unbeaten Lions in league competition.

Kimberly Clark led in efficiency for the Argos, hitting .354 on 31 kills over the course of the week. Wilhoite had an outstanding week all-around, collecting 36 kills and 31 digs overall. The junior served up six aces in three matches, and posted four blocks. Kara Gonzalez continued to excel at the net, collecting a total of nine blocks throughout the week. Freshman Tricia Tirabassi propelled her offense to a team .253 hitting percentage in the three matches, collecting 115 assists.

The Argonauts return to their home court this weekend to play host to Valdosta State at 7:00 p.m. on Friday and West Georgia at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday.  Saturday’s match will be the 2009 Pack it Pink match, as UWF will be promoting breast cancer awareness in a variety of ways.

Donations will be accepted in lieu of tickets on Saturday with all proceeds to benefit the Side-Out Foundation.  The first 500 fans will also receive a free pink T-shirt.  The event will honor cancer survivors in a pre-match ceremony.  Finally, the team will be auctioning off the pink jerseys they will wear in the match online at GoArgos.com.  To bid on the jerseys, go to the volleyball page at GoArgos.com and click on Breast Cancer Awareness on the right sidebar.


MEN’S TENNIS
- 10/1-4 @ Wilson / ITA South Regional Championships

Sophomore Kevin Ducros and freshman Leandro Ferreira took home the doubles championship at the Wilson / ITA South Regional Championships held at Florida Southern over the weekend.  The duo defeated Luca Pavanelli and Alex Voirin of Lynn University 8-6 in the finals, giving West Florida its second regional doubles champion as an NCAA Division II member and first since 2001.

In the singles main draw, Ducros reached the quarterfinals but fell to Marco Mokrzycki of Barry 6-4, 2-6, 7-5.  Sophomore Sean Gunnels advanced to the finals of the singles back draw, but he was bested by Nicolas Bigler of Florida Southern 7-5, 7-6.

Ducros and Ferreira earned the right to play at the ITA Small College Championships on October 15-18 in Mobile, Ala.  They will look to become the second UWF duo to win an ITA national championship after Jens Gerlach and Matt Wallhead won the title in 1996.


WOMEN’S CROSS COUNTRY
- 10/3 Gulf Coast Stampede: 3rd of 12 teams

The UWF women’s cross country team finished third out of 12 teams at the Gulf Coast Stampede 5k run at the Escambia Country Equestrian Center Saturday morning.  The Argonauts scored 104, finishing behind Southern Mississippi (45) and South Alabama (95).

Sophomore Bailee Hedstrom led UWF with a top ten finish, with her cross country best 5k performance of 18:37.  Overall, five Argos finished under 20 minutes for the 5k course.  Freshman Megan Steinocher, sophomore Kelbe Beck, freshman Karyssa Tourelle-Fallon, and sophomore Stacy Paton all turned in runs under twenty minutes.  Steinocher finished 20th overall, with a 19:28, while Beck, Tourelle-Fallon, and Paton finished 26th, 27th, and 28th respectively, with times of 19:47, 19:48, and 19:51.

The Argos travel to Mississippi next week for the MC Ford / Watson Invitational on October 10, and they will look ahead to the Gulf South Conference Championships on October 24.


MEN’S CROSS COUNTRY
- 10/3 Gulf Coast Stampede: 4th of 11 teams

The West Florida men’s cross country team raced to a fourth place finish Saturday morning at the Gulf Coast Stampede held at the Escambia Country Equestrian Center.  The Argonauts tallied 99 points, which was fourth best of the 11 teams running.  South Alabama won the event with 19 points, followed by Troy University (58), and Alabama State (74).  Sophomore Christopher Hough was the top Argo finisher with a 27:01 time for the 8k race.

Sophomore Eddie Pagan was the second Argo finisher in 19th place with a 27:07 time, while sophomore P.J. Orgass was right behind in 21st place with a 27:16 time.  Freshman Ben Chastain was 25th overall in 27:24, while sophomore Tyler Bowman came in 27th with a 27:38 finish.  The top five Argonauts averaged 27:17, which was the best team average in over two years.

The Argos travel to Mississippi next week for the MC Ford / Watson Invitational on October 10, and they will look ahead to the Gulf South Conference Championships on October 24.


MEN’S SOCCER (6-4-1, 2-0 GSC)
- 10/2 vs. Ouachita Baptist: 5-0 W
- 10/4 vs. Harding: 2-1 W

This week the University of West Florida men’s soccer team opened up Gulf South Conference action against visiting Ouachita Baptist and Harding University over the weekend. The men, looking to rebound off the program’s first three-game losing streak in over eight years, came out strong against OBU on Friday.  A strong attack and solid defense led the Argos to a 5-0 shutout over the Tigers.  In the match, five different Argos would find the back of the net, including Ben Woodland and Will Henderson who notched their first goals of the season.

On a wet and soggy Sunday afternoon the men squared off with GSC foe Harding at Brosnaham Park in their second GSC match of the week. Harding pulled ahead early in the second half to go up 1-0 but the Argos battled back and kept the match close. In the 72nd minute Stephen Munoz would tuck one inside the far post for the equalizer, and then eight minutes later Paul Willoughby sent one in for the eventual game winner, giving UWF a 2-1 win.

Looking ahead, the Argos will continue their conference schedule with a trip up to Memphis, Tenn. for a matchup with Christian Brothers University on Saturday, October 10th at 3:00pm CT in their only match of the week.


WOMEN’S SOCCER (11-0, 2-0 GSC)
- 10/2 vs. Ouachita Baptist: 10-0 W
- 10/4 vs. Harding: 3-0 W

The No. 2 ranked University of West Florida women’s soccer team rolled through two shutout wins over conference opponents last weekend, defeating Ouachita Baptist and Harding University.  The women’s offense came alive in the Gulf South Conference opener for a season high 10 goals in a shutout over the Tigers. Marcela Franco and Shaneka Gordon led the attack with two goals apiece.

On Sunday in a rain-shortened match, the women took down Harding University 3-0 in their second consecutive conference shutout.  The torrential rain and sloppy conditions slowed the speed of play significantly. Dernelle Mascall, Amanda Solis, and Marcela Franco all netted goals in the win while UWF extended its regular season conference winning streak to 37 games.

In the coming week the Lady Argos will square off with GSC rival Christian Brothers University on Saturday, October 10th.  Kickoff is slated for 12:30pm CT on the road in Memphis, Tenn.


MEN’S GOLF
The No. 14 UWF men’s golf team has a busy week ahead, as the Argonauts start in Columbus, Ga. at the Aflac / Cougar Invitational hosted by Columbus State on Monday and Tuesday.  The tournament features numerous ranked teams in NCAA Division II men’s golf, and it will be a good early test for West Florida.

The Argonauts will then head north this weekend to participate in the Philadelphia Big Five Invitational hosted by Temple on October 10-11.


THIS WEEK’S UWF ATHLETICS SCHEDULE

Monday, October 5
M. Golf @ Aflac / Cougar Invitational (hosted by Columbus State)

Tuesday, October 6
M. Golf @ Aflac / Cougar Invitational (hosted by Columbus State)

Friday, October 9
Volleyball vs. Valdosta State* 7:00

Saturday, October 10
M. Golf @ Philadelphia Big Five Invitational (hosted by Temple)
W. Cross Country @ MC / Watson Ford Invitational (6k) (at Clinton, Miss.) 8:30
M. Cross Country @ MC / Watson Ford Invitational (8k) (at Clinton, Miss.) 9:15
W. Soccer @ Christian Brothers (at Memphis, Tenn. (Collierville HS))* 12:30
Volleyball vs. West Georgia* 1:00
M. Soccer @ Christian Brothers (at Memphis, Tenn. (Collierville HS))* 3:00

Sunday, October 11
M. Golf @ Philadelphia Big Five Invitational (hosted by Temple)

* indicates Gulf South Conference game

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