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UWF tennis teams win regular-season GSC titles

Senior Caitlyn Baines returns a serve at a match earlier in the season. Baines and Sheila Smiley are 14-3 and ranked No. 17 in doubles this season. (Photo special to The Voyager)

The University of West Florida men’s and women’s tennis teams each defeated New Orleans to end the regular season with victories on April 14 at University Tennis Center in New Orleans.

Both teams finished undefeated in the Gulf South Conference to earn the regular-season titles.


The men’s team (18-6, 8-0 GSC), ranked No. 2 in the latest ITA Division II poll, defeated No. 31 New Orleans 7-2.

Bruno Savi, ranked No. 12 by the ITA, led UWF singles with a 6-3, 6-1 victory at No. 1 singles.

No. 21 Andrey Pozhidaev won 6-3, 6-4 at No. 2, Elio Latela won 7-5, 6-2 at No. 4, Domenico Sano won 6-2, 6-0 at No. 5 and Mike Lue own 6-4, 6-0 at No. 6.

Leandro Ferreira lost 6-0, 7-5 at No. 3 singles.

Kevin Ducros and Savi, ranked No. 2 in doubles, lost for the fourth time this season, 9-7.

The No. 17-ranked duo of Ferreira and Pozhidaev won 8-2 and Lue/Sano won 8-3.

The men are ranked
No. 1 in the South Region and are the top-ranked team in the Gulf South Conference.


The No. 9 women’s team (18-6, 8-0) defeated New Orleans 6-3 .

Marianna Sonnervig won at No. 2 singles 6-3, 6-4, Luiza Sonnervig won at No. 3 6-1, 6-4, and Hannah Durham won at No. 6 6-3, 6-1.

UWF swept the doubles competition. No. 18-ranked Sheila Smiley and Caitlyn Baines won 8-4 at No. 1, the Sonnervig twins won 8-6 at No. 2 and Fernanda Amaral and Durham won 8-5 at No. 3.

The women are ranked No. 3 in the South Region and are the top-ranked team in the conference.

The men and women will play at the GSC Championships at 5 p.m. on April 21 at the Lagoon Park Tennis Center in Montgomery, Ala.

From staff reports

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