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Argonaut Weekly: March 8-14

Argonaut of the Week Taylor Brewster (Photo by Ron Besser)
Argonaut of the Week Taylor Brewster (Photo by Ron Besser)

PENSACOLA, Fla. – March has arrived and the University of West Florida baseball and softball teams are in the stretch run before conference play begins.  UWF baseball and softball are both home this week, while the nationally-ranked Argonauts tennis teams have begun their trip down south for their Sunshine State Conference tour.  Finally, the UWF women’s basketball team had its season come to an end in a first round loss to No. 6 Arkansas Tech at the Gulf South Conference Tournament in Southaven, Miss.


ARGONAUT OF THE WEEK

Taylor Brewster
Women’s Tennis
Junior

Taylor Brewster (Fergus, Ontario/Centre Wellington District HS) of the No. 9 UWF women’s tennis team had a good week on the court, picking up wins in each of her four matches in both singles and doubles play.  First on Friday at No. 10 Rollins, the junior picked up a 6-3, 6-0 win at No. 3 singles over Stefania Tkach, and she teamed with Caitlyn Baines at No. 1 doubles to pick up a 9-7 victory.  On Sunday at Florida Tech, Brewster once again played No. 3 singles and No. 1 doubles; she defeated Katarina Huba 6-3, 6-3 in singles while teaming with Baines again to win 8-5 at the top doubles spot.


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WOMEN’S BASKETBALL (14-14, 4-6 GSC)
- 3/4 vs. Arkansas Tech (GSC Tournament Quarterfinals): 64-87 L

The West Florida women’s basketball team stayed right with No. 6 Arkansas Tech through the first half of the Gulf South Conference Tournament first round game at the DeSoto Civic Center on Thursday, but the Golden Suns pulled away in the second half and handed the Argonauts an 87-64 loss.  With the loss, UWF finished the season 14-14, while the Golden Suns advanced and would eventually defeat No. 8 Delta State in the finals for the conference championship.

Senior guard Amy Drake (Niceville, Fla./Winthrop) finished the day with 20 points on 7-15 shooting from the field, and she also added five rebounds and four assists.  Senior Tiffany Williams (St. Petersburg, Fla./North Florida) added 10 points and led the team with five assists.

UWF led for the first eight minutes of the game, including a seven-point advantage on a Drake three-pointer with 16:05 on the clock.  In the second half, ATU quickly went up by 10 points and did not look back, taking a lead as big as 28 late in the game.  Natalia Santos shot 7-7 from the field and 5-7 from the free throw line in the second half for 19 points, while Jessica Weatherford was 5-6 for 11 second half points.  Santos, Weatherford, and the rest combined for a 38-14 advantage over UWF on points in the paint in the second half only.  Santos finished the game with 28 points and would eventually go on to win tournament Most Outstanding Player honors.

With the loss, UWF finishes the year with a record of 14-14, and the team did not earn an NCAA berth when the tournament field was announced on Sunday.  The team graduates six seniors, including All-GSC guards Amy Drake  and Tiffany Williams, four year seniors Dominique Boykins, Jessie Ivey, and Caitlin Salak, and transfer Jamie Freeman.


WOMEN’S TENNIS (3-2, 1-0 GSC)
- 3/5 @ No. 10 Rollins: 4-5 L
- 3/7 @ Florida Tech: 9-0 W

The No. 9 UWF women’s tennis team lost a tight 4-5 match at Rollins on Friday in the team’s first match of its spring break trip to central and south Florida.  Rollins took a 2-1 lead after doubles, as Taylor Brewster (Fergus, Ontario/Centre Wellington District HS) and Caitlyn Baines (Ft. Walton Beach, Fla./Choctawhatchee HS) picked up the lone win for UWF at the No. 1 spot.  The teams split the six matches in singles, as Brewster, Baines, and Mariana Sonnervig (Sao Paulo, Brazil/Ateneu HS) were the victors at the No. 3, 4, and 6 spots.

The Argonauts earned a clean 9-0 sweep at Florida Tech on Sunday, as the team did not drop a single match.  Highlights included a 6-1, 6-2 win for Barbara Oliveira (Belo Horizonte, Brazil/Seminole CC) at the No. 1 singles spot and a 6-2, 6-3 win for Cammie Gray (Shalimar, Fla.) at No. 6.

UWF continues its spring break trip this week with matches at Nova Southeastern and Barry and a neutral site match with California (Pa.).


MEN’S TENNIS (3-2, 1-0 GSC)
- 3/5 @ No. 10 Rollins: 2-7 L
- 3/7 @ No. 37 Florida Tech: 8-1 W

The No. 7 West Florida men’s tennis team was upset by No. 10 Rollins on the road on Friday, falling 2-7.  The Argos fell behind 1-2 after doubles play, as Patrick Bateman (Apopka, Fla./Seminole CC) and Nathan Rosenfeld (Miami, Fla./Miami International) picked up the team’s lone win with an 8-4 score at the No. 3 spot.  In singles, it was Andrey Pozhidaev (Sochi, Russia) that was the only winner with a 7-5, 7-5 win at the No. 3 spot.

UWF bounced back with an 8-1 win at No. 37 Florida Tech on Sunday.  The Argos took two of three doubles matches to take a 2-1 lead, as Bateman and Rosenfeld won at No. 3 and Kevin Ducros (Aix-en-Provence, France) and Leandro Ferreira (Sao Paulo, Brazil/Colegio Antonio Afonso) won at No. 1.  The Argonauts dominated in singles play and won all six, led by Rosenfeld’s 6-0, 6-0 sweep at the No. 4 spot.

UWF continues its spring break trip this week with matches at Lynn, Barry, and Florida Southern.


SOFTBALL (13-2, 0-0 GSC)
- 3/7 vs. Harris-Stowe: 4-2 W
- 3/7 vs. Ohio Dominican: 6-1 W

No. 25 West Florida picked up two more wins in their first competition of this year’s Spring Fling action on Sunday, besting Harris-Stowe 2-4, and Ohio Dominican 6-1. Jillian Lafrance (Calgary, Alberta/Charleston Southern) threw both complete games to improved to 11-2, while the Argos improved to 13-2 overall. Amber Ingram (Pensacola, Fla./Catholic HS) and Shannon Miles (Shreveport, La./Bossier Parrish CC) both homered on the day. Lafrance fanned eight batters in the first game with Harris-Stowe, blasting two doubles in a 2-4, two RBI performance at the plate. Ingram, Karri Bisbee (Panama City, Fla./Gulf Coast CC), and Crystal Thompson (Bonifay, Fla./Gulf Coast CC) all went 2-3 in the contest, while Stephanie Ryan (Calgary, Alberta/Webber International) had a 3-4 outing in the second game.
 
The Argos will compete in a doubleheader with Shawnee State on Wednesday, March 10 at 1:00 p.m. before hitting the road for their first league action of the season. West Florida will travel to West Georgia on Saturday for a doubleheader beginning at 3pm. On Sunday, the Argos take on No. 2 Alabama-Huntsville at 1pm.


BASEBALL (12-10, 0-0 GSC)
- 3/2 vs. No. 27 North Georgia: 0-18 L
- 3/3 vs. No. 27 North Georgia: 4-6 L
- 3/6 @ No. 10 Delta State (DH): 6-4 W, 4-3 W
- 3/7 @ No. 10 Delta State: 3-7 L

It was a tough week for the University of West Florida baseball team as they fell to 12-10 on the season, dropping three of their five games. The week was saved with two come-from-behind wins at No. 10 Delta State on Saturday afternoon eventually taking the series 2-1.

In their first challenge of the week the Argos squared off with No. 27 North Georgia in a mid-week two game series. The Saints came in on Tuesday and handed UWF their biggest loss of the season, an 18-0 shutout on one of the coldest nights this season. It was again the Saints who took control late in game two to down the Argos 6-4 on Wednesday.

West Florida was able to put those games in the past and bounce back with two come-from-behind wins on Saturday against 10th ranked Delta State. Game three saw Delta State’s starter Cody Kelley shut down the Argos offense and hold them to three runs on five hits in a complete game performance. The Argos managed to take the series 2-1 and improve to 10-5 against the Statesmen since 2007.

This week the Argos will face NCAA Division I opponent Mississippi Valley State University for a three game series on Tuesday and Wednesday. Last season the Argos swept three games from the Delta Devils at home in their first ever meeting between the two teams. First pitch for Tuesday’s single game is 6 p.m. CT and Wednesday’s doubleheader is slated to begin at 4 p.m. CT.


WOMEN’S GOLF
- 3/1-2 @ Lady Jaguar Invitational: T9th of 16 teams

After two difficult days of play in wet and wintry weather conditions, the No. 19 West Florida women’s golf team finished the final day of the Lady Jaguar Invitational in a tie for ninth place shooting a combined 966 for the three rounds, finishing out of the top five for the first time this season. Senior Natalia Espinosa (Bogota, Colombia/Colegio Nueva Granada) led the Argonauts for the final two rounds, ending with a total 236 to place in a tie for 21st individually.

The Argonauts will remain in Pensacola until the end of March, when they will fly to Miami, Fla. to participate in the Barry Bucs Women’s Invitational March 29-30 at Don Shula’s Golf Club.


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2009-10 ARGONAUTS OF THE WEEK

3/8

Taylor Brewster
Women's Tennis

3/1

Natalia Espinosa
Women's Golf

Jason Postill
Baseball

Bhavna Shetty
Women's Golf

2/22

Amy Drake
Women's Basketball

Jillian Lafrance
Softball

2/15

Amber Ingram
Softball

Blake Olson
Men's Golf

2/8

Zach Cates
Baseball

1/18

Jose Davila
Men's Basketball

1/11

Sabrina Stambouli
Women's Basketball

1/4

Max Hoggard
Men's Basketball

12/14

Ken Mitchell
Men's Basketball

12/7

Amy Drake
Women's Basketball

11/30

Dominique Boykins
Women's Basketball

Maurice Thomas
Men's Basketball

11/23

Shameka Gordon
Women's Soccer

Jonathan Jackson
Men's Basketball

Tiffany Williams
Women's Basketball

11/16

Courtney Jones
Women's Soccer

Jamie Nichols
Volleyball

11/9

Frank Cope
Men's Soccer

Lindsay Homme
Volleyball

11/2

Shakira Duncan
Women's Soccer

Patricia Gandolfo
Volleyball

10/26

Kara Gonzalez
Volleyball

Eddie Pagan
Men's Cross Country

Jordan Stone
Women's Soccer

10/19

Valissia Brathwaite
Volleyball

Richard Dixon
Men's Soccer

10/12

Donald Davis
Men's Cross Country

Shakira Duncan
Women's Soccer

10/5

Kevin Ducros
Men's Tennis

Leandro Ferreira
Men's Tennis

Bailee Hedstrom
Women's Cross Country

9/28

Patricia Gandolfo
Volleyball

Jenny Lines
Women's Golf

Kaley Morris
Women's Soccer

9/21

Tyler Bowman
Men's Cross Country

Jay Mainville
Men's Soccer

9/14

Kimberly Clark
Volleyball

Dernelle Mascall
Women's Soccer

9/7

Shaneka Gordon
Women's Soccer

Megan Steinocher
Women's Cross Country

8/31

Paul Willoughby
Men's Soccer


THIS WEEK’S UWF ATHLETICS SCHEDULE

Monday, March 8
W. Tennis @ Nova Southeastern (at Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) 10:00 ET

Tuesday, March 9
M. Tennis @ Lynn (at Boca Raton, Fla.) 3:00 ET
Baseball vs. Mississippi Valley State 6:00

Wednesday, March 10
Softball vs. Shawnee State (DH) (UWF Spring Fling) 1:00
M. Tennis @ Barry (at Miami Shores, Fla.) 2:00 ET
W. Tennis @ Barry (at Miami Shores, Fla.) 2:00 ET
Baseball vs. Mississippi Valley State (DH) 4:00

Thursday, March 11
W. Tennis vs. California (Pa.) (@ Rollins) (at Winter Park, Fla.) 10:30 ET
M. Tennis @ Florida Southern (at Lakeland, Fla.) noon ET

Saturday, March 13
M. Tennis vs. Ouachita Baptist 1:00
Softball @ West Georgia (DH) (at Carrollton, Ga.)* 3:00 ET

Sunday, March 14
M. Golf @ Southeastern Collegiate (at Valdosta, Ga.; Kinderlou Forest)
M. Tennis vs. Alabama-Huntsville* (DH) 1:00
Softball @ Alabama-Huntsville (DH) (at Huntsville, Ala.)* 1:00 


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