The University of West Florida men’s and women’s tennis teams both defeated The University of New Orleans 8-1 April 12 at UWF.
The chants of the UWF fans reverberated across the Ralph “Skeeter” Carson Tennis Complex during the matches.
The UWF men’s team won with a final score of 8-1. Richard Hornby and Bruno Savi were partners in one of the three doubles matches. They won with a score of 8-4.
Hornby, commonly known as “Kiwi” by his friends and teammates, is a sophomore from New Zealand.
“Both the men’s and women’s teams practice almost everyday after classes and it really pays off,” Hornby said. “We are No. 3 in the nation for Division II.”
Hornby then explained how the partners for each match are chosen.
“It all depends on who is playing the best that week,” he said. “There are 40 guys on the team, so it can get pretty competitive.”
The women’s team also won with a final score of 8-1, just losing one singles match.
“I was pleased with today’s outcome of both the guys and girls matches,” Racine said. “New Orleans has a great program, and they are always well-coached and very rough to beat.”
The team’s success shows how hard they work. Racine and Vitor Lage, UWF assistant coach, work with the players consistently.
“We are required to give them one day off a week, so we pretty much practice six out of seven days,” Racine said.
With the UWF crowd screaming and chanting for their teams, the UNO coach was still keeping his players positive.
In between every cheer for the blue and green, he would shout encouraging words to his players.
Renee Shavnore, UWF fan and friend of most of the players, showed her support to the team.
“I love coming to see my friends play,” Shavnore said. “Both the girls and guys teams are really talented.”