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Argonaut Weekly: October 26-November 1

Argonauts of the Week (L-R): Kara Gonzalez, Eddie Pagan, Jordan Stone
Argonauts of the Week (L-R): Kara Gonzalez, Eddie Pagan, Jordan Stone

PENSACOLA, Fla. – The Argonauts are rounding out their fall seasons, as cross country raced last week in the Gulf South Conference Championships and the soccer teams are close to finishing regular season play. Postseason is also just around the corner for volleyball, the last fall sport to finish up its regular season next weekend.  A big GSC volleyball showdown between the West Florida and West Alabama at home on Tuesday night highlights the upcoming week.


Kara Gonzalez
Junior Middle Hitter

Kara Gonzalez (St. Augustine, Fla./St. Augustine HS) broke a school record in individual match hitting percentage on Friday night in a sweep of GSC opponent Alabama-Huntsville. Gonzalez tallied 10 kills on 13 attempts and was errorless for a hitting percentage of .769. The record was previously held by Gonzalez’s teammate Patricia Gandolfo who sat atop the books with a .765 during the 2008 season. Gonzalez currently has 170 kills, and is third on the team hitting .226 this season. She has 78 total blocks and has served up 18 aces. Gonzalez has already made her mark on the UWF record books, ranking among the top 10 in three career categories and two individual season categories.

Eddie Pagan
Men’s Cross Country

Eddie Pagan (Stuart, Fla./South Fork HS) raced his way to a 10th place finish at the Gulf South Conference Championships at Veteran’s Park in Hoover, Ala. this past Saturday. Pagan earned first team All-GSC honors, turning in the season’s best Argonaut performance with a 26:47 on the 8k course. Pagan was the first Argonaut men’s runner to earn first team All-GSC in three years. It was his second top 10 performance of the season and his fourth top 20 finish. In his five races this season, Pagan has been in the top three for UWF four out of five times.

Jordan Stone
Women’s Soccer
Sophomore Midfielder

Sophomore Jordan Stone (Fort Walton Beach, Fla./Fort Walton Beach HS) had another solid week for the West Florida women’s soccer team, picking up an assist in Friday’s 4-0 win at home against No. 23 North Alabama and adding two goals on Sunday at West Georgia in a 6-0 victory.  Stone is having a breakthrough sophomore season for UWF, scoring five goals and adding six assists from the outside midfield position.

WOMEN’S SOCCER (16-0-0, 6-0-0 GSC)
- 10/23 vs. No. 23 North Alabama: 4-0 W
- 10/25 @ West Georgia: 6-0 W

The No. 1 Lady Argos were put to the test this weekend as they faced No. 23 North Alabama and West Georgia to finish out Gulf South Conference action. On Friday the Argos came away with a 4-0 shutout over the Lions’ second ranked scoring offense in the country before handling West Georgia 6-0 on Sunday.

Shakira Duncan had a great weekend for the Argos, tying two program single season records. On Friday night she supplied most of the offense as she netted her third hat trick of the season in the Argos 4-0 shutout over GSC rival North Alabama. Her third goal of the match tied Dernelle Mascall for the Argos single season record for goals scored, 24, which was set back in 2007. On Sunday, the junior transfer recorded one assist to give her 58 total points one season, tying Mascall and Shaneka Gordon for the single season points record.

The Argos will have a light week with only one match next weekend. On Saturday afternoon the Lady Argos will finish out the regular season as they take to the pitch against NAIA Lambuth at 12:30pm CT.

- 10/24 @ GSC Championships: 2nd of 14

The West Florida women’s cross country team ran to a second place finish at the Gulf South Conference Championships held at Veteran’s Park on Saturday, finishing behind only No. 24 Harding, who picked up a fifth straight conference championship.  Sophomore Bailee Hedstrom led the Argonauts, placing sixth overall and earning an All-GSC first team nod. The Argos also had two other runners in the top 20.

Harding’s seven runners all finished in the top 10, led by individual medalist Katy Grant with a time of 18:40.  Hedstrom was not far behind, placing sixth with a time of 19:27 in the 5k race.  The Argonauts finished ahead of Arkansas Tech, ranked No. 3 in the South Region heading into the race.  West Florida was ranked No. 4 coming into the weekend.  Kelbe Beck and Megan Steinocher finished 19th and 20th, respectively, to earn All-GSC second team honors.

UWF will head to the NCAA South Regional hosted by Tampa on November 7 in an attempt to advance to the NCAA Championships later in the season in Evansville, Ind.

- 10/24 @ GSC Championships: 4th of 11

The West Florida men's cross country team raced to a fourth place finish in the Gulf South Conference Championships at Veterans Park in Hoover, Ala. Saturday morning.  The Argonauts were led by redshirt freshman Eddie Pagan who earned first team All-GSC honors with his 10th place finish.

The Argos scored 125 points to finish behind nationally ranked No. 24 Harding, the meet champions.  West Georgia and Alabama Huntsville finished second and third, respectively.

West Florida, ranked No. 9 in the South Region, out-ran both Christian Brothers (No. 7 in the region) and West Alabama (No. 6).  Christian Brothers finished sixth with a 168 score, while West Alabama was seventh with 183.  Southern Arkansas was fifth with 135 points.  Eleven teams completed the conference race, which was won by Harding for the sixth time in the past seven years.  Jared Black earned All-GSC second team honors with his 19th place finish.

UWF will head to the NCAA South Regional hosted by Tampa on November 7 in an attempt to advance to the NCAA Championships later in the season in Evansville, Ind.

- 10/19-20 @ Saint Leo Invitational: 2nd of 9

The No. 15 West Florida women’s golf team closed out their fall season with second place finish behind overall champion No. 4 Florida Southern at the Saint Leo Invitational last Tuesday. Junior Bhavna Shetty led UWF with its only sub-80 score in the tournament, carding a 78 on Tuesday to finish in seventh place (80-78-158). The Argonauts’ finished at 666 in their final fall tournament, shooting a 333 in each of the two rounds. 

VOLLEYBALL (15-12, 5-2 GSC)
- 10/20 @ Mobile: 3-0 W (28-26, 25-23, 25-18)
- 10/23 vs. Alabama-Huntsville: 3-0 W (25-7, 25-13, 25-22)
- 10/24 vs. North Alabama: 2-3 L (25-23, 25-15, 23-25, 10-25, 9-15)

UWF Volleyball went 2-1 last week, reaching several monumental marks along the way. Head Coach Melissa Wolter reached her 150th win in her career at West Florida, while junior Kara Gonzalez broke the school’s individual match hitting percentage record with a .769 against Alabama-Huntsville. The Argos moved to 15-12 on the season with a 5-2 GSC mark entering this week’s play.

West Florida swept NAIA opponent University of Mobile for the second time this season on Tuesday evening. The Argos took down the Rams in three sets (28-26, 25-23, 25-18) to improve to 14-11 on the season. Senior Valissia Brathwaite led the offensive charge with 11 kills for a .259 hitting percentage in the win.

The Argonauts then swept through Alabama-Huntsville Chargers in three quick sets (25-7, 25-13, 25-22) on Friday night as a part of Senior Night. The win was much in part due to a .341 team hitting percentage from the Argos, as well as 13 total service aces. The Argos held the Chargers to a .062 hitting percentage that included 18 errors. As a team, West Florida committed just eight errors, and hit an impressive .647 in the first set.

A heartbreaking marathon loss to North Alabama on Saturday afternoon handed West Florida their second conference loss of the season. A win looked promising for West Florida who went up early 2-0, before the Lions came back to take the final three sets (25-23, 25-15, 23-25, 10-25, 9-15). Jamie Nichols was the most efficient Argonauts, swinging at .500 on 16 kills with just one error.

The Argonauts take their home court again this Tuesday, October 27th at 7pm. The match is a showdown with West Alabama, and will be the 2nd annual Black-Out match, as well as “Nica Night” for West Florida. Fans are asked to wear black, and will have the opportunity to donate to the Global Orphan Fund to support the children in Nicaragua who the Argonauts worked with on their spring international trip.

MEN’S SOCCER (8-5-2, 4-0-1 GSC)
- 10/23 vs. William Carey (Homecoming): 0-5 L

In one match over the weekend the West Florida men’s soccer team dropped a 5-0 decision to William Carey University on Friday. The No. 12 NAIA Crusaders defeated West Florida in what became their worst loss since 2002 when they dropped the season opener to Lynn, 4-0.

The Argos quickly fell behind 3-0 before halftime on goals from Carl Reynolds, Jonny Fairbairn, and Tito Salas. In the second half William Carey capped the scoring with another goal from Fairbairn and captain Rick Beebe.

The five goals allowed is the most the Argos have allowed since last season’s 5-2 loss to Lynn in the NCAA First Round. This week the Argos look to rebound and take to the pitch against NAIA squads, Mobile and Lambuth. The Argos are slated to kickoff against Mobile on Tuesday night at 7:30pm CT before finishing out the regular season at home against Lambuth on Saturday afternoon at 3:00pm.

- 10/19-20 @ Indian Bayou Classic: 7th of 17

In its final round in fall season play, the No. 23 West Florida men’s golf team placed seventh at the Indian Bayou Classic hosted by North Alabama in Destin, Fla. on Tuesday.  The Argonauts finished at 603 (301-302), just three strokes from placing in the top five. Freshman Jordan Rizzo finished his first collegiate tournament strong, finishing with a 149 (72-77) to lead the Argonauts.

The Argos will return to the course in February for the championship spring season, starting with the Golfweek Division II Spring Invitational in Orlando, Fla. on February 6-9.

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Kara Gonzalez

Eddie Pagan
Men's Cross Country

Jordan Stone
Women's Soccer


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


Tuesday, October 27
M. Soccer vs. Mobile 7:30
Volleyball vs. West Alabama* 7

Saturday, October 31
W. Soccer vs. Lambuth 12:30
M. Soccer vs. Lambuth 3:30

* indicates Gulf South Conference game

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