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Tennis teams continue success

Mariana Sonnervig returns a serve at a match earlier in the season. Sonnervig has improved to the No. 2 spot for UWF toward the end of the season. (Photo special to The Voyager)

The University of West Florida men’s tennis team is on an 11-match winning streak and the women’s team has won nine of their last ten with their only loss coming against No. 1 BYU-Hawaii.

Both teams are in first in the Gulf South Conference and ranked in the top ten in the nation.

The men (20-2, 6-0 GSC) were ranked No. 2 in the latest International Tennis Association Division II poll, and the women (18-5, 7-0) were ranked No. 9.

The men are coming off of a homestand in which they defeated eight top-25 teams.

The duo of Kevin Ducros and Bruno Savi is ranked No. 1 in doubles in the South Region in the latest ITA rankings while Andrey Pozhidaev and Leandro Ferreira are ranked No. 6. Domenico Sano and Mike Lue are ranked No. 10.

UWF is the only men’s team in the South Region with three doubles teams in the top ten.

Lynn and Barry are the only other teams with more than one. Lynn has duos ranked No. 2 and 8 while Barry’s are ranked No. 5 and 9.

Ducros and Savi are ranked No. 2 in the nation in doubles and Pozhidaev and Ferreira are ranked No. 17.

Ducros is ranked No. 4 in singles in the South and No. 9 in the nation. Savi is ranked No. 6 in the South and No. 12 in the nation. Pozhidaev is ranked No. 9 in the South and No. 21 in the nation.

The women’s teams only loss this season to a team not ranked in the top three in the nation came on Feb. 26 against No. 12 Columbus State.

The Argonauts have defeated notable opponents including No. 16 Georgia College and State, No. 21 UC San Diego and No. 13 Grand Canyon.

The duo of Caitlyn Baines and Sheila Smiley is ranked No. 6 in the South and No. 18 in the nation. Barbara Olivera and Mariana Sonnervig are ranked No. 9 in the South.

Olivera is ranked No. 11 in singles in the South and No. 29 in the nation. Baines is ranked No. 19 in the South and Mariana Sonnervig is ranked No. 20.

Both teams play New Orleans on the road on April 13.

 From staff reports

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