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Argonaut Weekly: October 19-25

Argonauts of the Week Valissia Brathwaite (left) and Richard Dixon
Argonauts of the Week Valissia Brathwaite (left) and Richard Dixon

PENSACOLA, Fla. – It is Homecoming Week at the University of West Florida, and a big Gulf South Conference women’s soccer match between two ranked teams highlights the upcoming week.  The Friday doubleheader in men’s and women’s soccer kicks off the weekend, while volleyball continues their GSC schedule on Friday and Saturday.  The UWF cross country teams will also head to the GSC Championships on Saturday.  The golf and tennis teams are winding down their fall seasons, and finally the basketball teams have started official practice are preparing for opening day tipoff on November 16.


Valissia Brathwaite
Senior Outside Hitter

Valissia Brathwaite (British Virgin Islands/Palm Beach CC) had her strongest showing this season over the weekend, totaling 25 kills for the Argonauts. She was flawless for a season-high .615 clip against No. 14 Saint Leo, with eight kills over just two sets. She served as the individual match kill leader with 10 kills alongside teammate Chelsea Wilhoite in a loss to Tampa. The senior tallied just five errors over three matches, and averaged 3.1 kills per set for the Argos. Brathwaite hit a combined .364, providing an efficient swing in the Argonaut effort.

Richard Dixon
Men’s Soccer
Sophomore Midfielder

Richard Dixon’s (Royal Palm Beach, Fla./Royal Palm Beach HS) two second half goals highlighted the UWF men’s soccer team’s 6-0 win at Delta State on Sunday.  The sophomore midfielder is now tied for fourth on the team with three goals, and he also ranks fourth with eight points (three goals, two assists).  Dixon has also served an important defensive position in the midfield, helping the Argonauts to allowing just 0.79 goals per game.

WOMEN’S SOCCER (14-0-0, 5-0-0 GSC)
- 10/16 @ Alabama-Huntsville: 4-1 W
- 10/18 @ Delta State: 10-1 W

The top ranked University of West Florida women’s soccer team kept their regular season Gulf South Conference winning streak alive by extending it to 40 games with wins over Alabama-Huntsville and Delta State. The Argos, now 14-0-0 on the season are off to their best start in school history and have tied the program’s second longest winning streak set in 2007.

On a cold and cloudy Friday afternoon, the Argos took to the pitch against the Chargers of Alabama-Huntsville. An early lead gave West Florida the cushion they needed as they would go on to win 4-1 Shaneka Gordon and Shakira Duncan supplied all of the offense, scoring two goals each in the contest.

On Sunday the Argonauts tied a season high 10 goals in their 10-1 win over Delta State. Duncan led the offense once again as she posted four straight second half goals in a 20 minute span to give the Argos a comfortable lead over the Statesmen.

This Friday, October 24th is the big GSC showdown with No. 24 ranked North Alabama. These two high powered offenses will square off with each other at 7:30pm at the UWF Soccer Complex which will serve as UWF’s Homecoming game.

Kevin Ducros and Leandro Ferreira of the West Florida men’s tennis team won their final two matches in the Division II doubles back draw, placing fifth at the ITA Small College National Championships in Mobile over the weekend.  The UWF duo defeated Scott Bradley and Georgie Perez of Metro State, 7-5, 6-2 in their first match, and then in the fifth place match the Argonauts defeated Diego Gimenez and Joseph Boesing of Southern Indiana 6-4, 6-3.

Ducros and Ferreira fell to top ranked Andrey Boldarev and Alex Grubin of Concordia (N.Y.), the eventual Division II doubles champions, in the first round of the national tournament 7-5, 6-4.

MEN’S SOCCER (8-4-2, 4-0-1 GSC)
- 10/16 @ Alabama-Huntsville: 0-0 T (2OT)
- 10/18 @ Delta State: 6-0 W

The University of West Florida men’s soccer team completed their Gulf South Conference schedule this weekend as they remained unbeaten at 4-0-1. Both contests ended in shutout fashion as they tied Alabama-Huntsville 0-0 in double overtime before routing Delta State 6-0 on Sunday.

On a chilly Friday afternoon in Huntsville, Ala. the Argos battled UAH to a scoreless tie in double overtime. The Argo offense outshot the Chargers 14-7 in the contest but could not take advantage of opportunities late in the match to score and take home the victory.

After being shut out on Friday the offense exploded for six goals in 6-0 shutout over Delta State. Freshman Stephen Munoz recorded the eventual game winner by knocking in the first goal of the match to get the offense going in the 13th minute. Richard Dixon led the attack with consecutive second half goals to put the match out of reach for the Statesmen.

The Argos will take to the pitch this Friday, October 24th at 5:00 p.m. against William Carey University for UWF’s Homecoming Game.

VOLLEYBALL (13-11, 4-1 GSC)
- 10/16 at Saint Leo: 0-3 L (19-25, 23-25, 23-25)
- 10/16 at Tampa: 0-3 L (22-25, 20-25, 16-25)
- 10/17 vs. Florida Southern (at Tampa): 0-3 L (13-25, 23-25, 23-25)

The Argonauts faced some of the nation’s best during the South Region Crossover on Friday, falling to No. 14 Saint Leo in their first match of the day and suffering a loss to No. 9 Tampa in the night match. The Argos suffered a tough loss to Sunshine State opponent Florida Southern on Saturday morning to close out their competition at the South Region Crossover. The Argos dropped three straight sets (25-13, 25-23, 25-23) to the Mocs, as their record fell to 13-11 overall.

West Florida continues on the road this Tuesday at University of Mobile for a final non-conference match. First serve is slated for 7:30 pm. West Florida will then return to Gulf South Conference action on Friday evening at 7 p.m., facing Alabama-Huntsville on Senior Night. The Argos will follow with a Saturday afternoon tilt with North Alabama, slated for 4pm. Saturday’s match will serve as this year’s Parents’ Day match.

After a week’s rest the UWF cross country teams will head to Hoover, Ala. this Saturday for the GSC Championships at Veteran’s Park.  Both teams have performed well during the regular season, with the women’s team claiming two team titles and the men’s team one.

Sophomore Bailee Hedstrom has led the women’s team, finishing as the top UWF runner in all of her four races this season including an individual title at the MC / Watson Ford Invitational.  Freshman Megan Steinocher has also finished either first or second for UWF in her four races, including an individual title at the Choctaw Season Opener.

The men’s team has been led by a number of runners, as different Argonauts have stepped up each week including Donald Davis, Christopher Hough, P.J. Orgass, and Eddie Pagan.  Davis won the individual title at the Argos’ last meet, the MC / Watson Ford Invitational.

The UWF women’s basketball team was picked to finish fifth in the GSC preseason coaches’ poll released last week.  Senior guards Amy Drake and Tiffany Williams were named to the Preseason All-GSC Team, and junior transfer Janay McCray and freshman Sabrina Stambouli were a part of the GSC Top Newcomers list.

The preseason GSC coaches’ poll was released on Thursday, and the UWF men’s basketball team was picked to finish sixth in the East Division.  Freshman Peter Connole and junior transfer Trammell Wooten were named to the GSC Top Newcomers list.

The UWF women’s golf team, ranked No. 15 in the latest national coaches poll, close out the fall season this week at the Saint Leo Invitational at Lake Jovita Country Club.  The Argonauts have had a successful fall season, including a team title at the Birmingham-Southern Shootout on September 27-28.

The No. 23 UWF men’s golf team will close out the fall season this week at the Indian Bayou Classic hosted by the University of North Alabama at the Indian Bayou Country Club in Destin, Fla.  The Argos will then return to the course in February for the spring season, starting with the Golfweek Division II Spring Invitational in Orlando, Fla. on February 6-9.

The UWF baseball team will host its Fourth Annual Golf Scramble fundraiser this Friday at Stonebrook Golf Club in Pace, Fla.  The event will consist of four person teams and will kick-off with a shotgun start at 12 p.m. CT.

The cost of the event is $85 and will include lunch, a Nike golf polo, cart, green fees and range balls. Prizes will be awarded to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place teams as well as for par 3 closest to the pin, par 5 longest drive and hole in one contests. For more information about the event contact Head Baseball Coach Mike Jeffcoat at

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Valissia Brathwaite

Richard Dixon
Men's Soccer


Donald Davis
Men's Cross Country

Shakira Duncan
Women's Soccer


Kevin Ducros
Men's Tennis

Leandro Ferreira
Men's Tennis

Bailee Hedstrom
Women's Cross Country


Patricia Gandolfo

Jenny Lines
Women's Golf

Kaley Morris
Women's Soccer


Tyler Bowman
Men's Cross Country

Jay Mainville
Men's Soccer


Kimberly Clark

Dernelle Mascall
Women's Soccer


Shaneka Gordon
Women's Soccer

Megan Steinocher
Women's Cross Country


Paul Willoughby
Men's Soccer


Monday, October 19
M. Golf @ Indian Bayou Classic (at Destin, Fla.)
W. Golf @ Saint Leo Invitational (at Tampa, Fla.)

Tuesday, October 20
M. Golf @ Indian Bayou Classic (at Destin, Fla.)
W. Golf @ Saint Leo Invitational (at Tampa, Fla.)
Volleyball @ Mobile (at Mobile, Ala.) 7:30

Friday, October 23
M. Tennis UWF Fall Fling (hosted by West Florida)
W. Tennis UWF Fall Fling (hosted by West Florida)
M. Soccer vs. William Carey (Homecoming) 5:00
Volleyball vs. Alabama-Huntsville (Senior Night)* 7:00
W. Soccer vs. North Alabama (Homecoming)* 7:30

Saturday, October 24
M. Tennis UWF Fall Fling (hosted by West Florida)
W. Tennis UWF Fall Fling (hosted by West Florida)
W. Cross Country @ GSC Championships (5k) (at Hoover, Ala.; Veteran's Park)
M. Cross Country @ GSC Championships (8k) (at Hoover, Ala.; Veteran's Park)
Volleyball vs. North Alabama (Parents Day) (Green Out Game)* 4:00

Sunday, October 25
M. Tennis UWF Fall Fling (hosted by West Florida)
W. Tennis UWF Fall Fling (hosted by West Florida)
W. Soccer @ West Georgia (at Carrollton, Ga.)* 2:30

* indicates Gulf South Conference game

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