The University of West Florida tennis teams added two more Gulf South Conference championships to the school’s trophy collection on April 22.
The men (23-2, 7-0 GSC) defeated Delta State 5-0 in the semifinals in Montgomery, Ala., the day before defeating Valdosta State 5-1 in the finals.
The women (21-6, 8-0) defeated Christian Brothers 5-0 in the quarterfinals, West Alabama 5-0 in the semifinals and Valdosta 5-2 in the finals.
It was the ninth conference championship for the men’s team and first since 2006. It was the women’s 12th championship, second in a row and fifth in seven years.
The men’s and women’s teams found out their fate on April 24 after the paper went to press. The women were ranked No. 3 in the South Region, and the men were ranked No. 1.
Assuming both teams were selected -— since it would be a shock to everyone if they weren’t -— they will play in the NCAA South Regional April 28-May 1 at a location to be determined.
The top two teams from the regional will advance to the national tournament.
In the ITA rankings released March 28, the duo of Kevin Ducros and Bruno Savi was ranked No. 1 in doubles in the South Region. Andrey Pozhidaev and Leandro Ferreira were ranked No. 6. Domenico Sano and Mike Lue were ranked No. 10.
Ducros and Savi were ranked No. 2 in the nation in doubles, and Pozhidaev and Ferreira were ranked No. 17.
Ducros was ranked No. 4 in singles in the South and No. 9 in the nation. Savi was ranked No. 6 in the South and No. 12 in the nation. Pozhidaev was ranked No. 9 in the South and No. 21 in the nation.
On the women’s side, the duo of Caitlyn Baines and Sheila Smiley was ranked No. 6 in the South and
No. 18 in the nation. Barbara Olivera and Mariana Sonnervig were ranked No. 9 in the South.
Olivera was ranked No. 11 in singles in the South and No. 29 in the nation. Baines was ranked No. 19 in the South, and Mariana Sonnervig was ranked