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Argos conquer 4-0 over Delta State

Photo by Tim Keebler

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Men’s and women’s soccer teams get 4-0 wins over conference foe Delta State on Senior Day to clinch regular season conference title.

Women’s Soccer

Staff Reports

PENSACOLA, Fla. – The No. 5 West Florida women’s soccer team extended its winning streak to eight and its unbeaten streak to 27 in a 4-0 win over Delta State in its Senior Day match Sunday afternoon at the UWF Soccer Complex.

Senior Alex Pickrell scored the game-winner after a throw in from senior Chelsea Palmer in the 10th minute for her first goal of the season as the Argonauts concluded October 8-0 having outscored opponents 24-1.

“It’s been a long journey, a long four years and a great four years,” Pickrell said. “I’m just happy for all of us for the win. It was just icing on the cake that I scored.”

All eight UWF (11-0-3, 8-0-1 Gulf South Conference) seniors started the match. In the 30th minute, junior Kelly Andres sent a pass to senior Sashana Campbell who crossed it to Palmer who put it into the net for the second goal of the game.

Palmer has five goals and five assists for 15 points in the last four games.

In the second half, Campbell garnered her second assist of the day when she drove to the side of the DSU box before crossing a pass to junior Julianne Gaubron who scored her second goal of the season with 64:03 on the clock.

Campbell has one goal and four assists in the last four games.

The Argos capped off the scoring at the 72:32 mark when freshman Sara Helgadottir sent a pass to freshman Freyja Vidarsdottir who passed it into the box to freshman Emily Vogler who scored the first goal of her career to put UWF up 4-0.

UWF will play its final regular-season match on the road at West Alabama Nov. 1 at 5 p.m.

For information on all UWF athletics, visit www.GoArgos.com.

Men’s Soccer

Staff Reports

PENSACOLA, Fla.  – The University of West Florida men’s soccer team defeated Delta State University Sunday 4-0 in game where the class of 2013 was honored before the game for Senior Day. Eight different Argonauts recorded a point in the match including seniors Jack Salafrio, Fernando Silveira, and Andre Verardi. The Argos are now 11-4-1 on the season. West Florida has now clinched the Gulf South Conference regular season championship after receiving three points for the win for a total of 31 on the season.

West Florida struggled to find the back of the net in the first half and at halftime the score was even at 0-0. It wasn’t until the 49th minute the Argos found their first goal from Miguel Santos. It only took three minutes for the Argos to extend their lead to two after Salafrio found the back of the net from a pass from Santos.

West Florida’s third goal came from freshman Marteinn Urbancic in the 62nd minute and the final fourth goal was scored by Felipe Oliveira. Four different Argos recorded an assist during the match including Silveira who had two. West Florida was lead in points by Santos who recorded three with a goal and an assist in 60 minutes of play.

UWF dominated their opponent and out shot them 23-9 during the match and out shot them 13-2 in second half. However, the Argos were out performed in corner kicks with DSU attempting four to West Florida’s three. Senior Steven Hermosa held the Statesmen scoreless for his third career shutout and improves his season record to 3-0.

West Florida will wrap up the 2013 regular season on the road next weekend when they travel to West Alabama Friday, Nov. 1.

For information on all UWF athletics, visit www.GoArgos.com.

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Argos Pack it Pink, shut out conference opponents at home

By Danielle Lockamy

Feeling the pressure from the first set, Shorter responded in the second set with intensity.

The University of West Florida volleyball team gained a victory at home 3-1 on Friday, Oct. 25 to Gulf South Conference opponent Shorter.

The Argonauts started off strong with a 25-16 win in the first set. Throughout the night, sophomore outside hitter Maddy Lenzini led the team with 13 kills and three blocks. Seniors Lindsay Homme and Jenny Bellairs each had 10 kills with Bellairs adding six blocks. Senior Sierra Hansen provided 29 assists in the win and freshman libero Tori Martella led the Argonauts with 24 digs.

Feeling the pressure from the first set, Shorter responded in the second set with intensity. The Argos could not gain a lead larger than four points. With the score at 11-7, Shorter called a timeout to readjust. The Hawks came back and gained their first lead of the night 12-13. Bellairs would eventually record the winning point and the Argos defeated Shorter in the second set 26-24.

Shorter quickly pulled ahead 4-2 in the third set. UWF struggled to find a way to stop Shorter’s offense, as they took a five point advantage at 10-5. The Argos continued to put up a fight, but the Hawks came out on top and took the third set 25-23.

The Argonauts picked up a lead at 10-5 in the fourth set and continued to run with it. The Hawks could not keep up, however, and the Argos won the fourth set 25-19.

“Anytime you can get a conference win it’s a good thing,” Head Coach Melissa Wolter said. “Shorter is a tough team and has prepared us to move on.”

On Saturday, the team hosted the seventh annual Pack It Pink match against Lee.

Lenzini led the Argos offensively, tallying nine kills. Sarah Scott, Corisha Smith, Homme and Bellairs each had seven.

The Argos won the first set with a score of 25-23, but struggled in the second set. UWF made a comeback to take the second set by a score of 27-25. Homme and Lenzini came through with a block that finalized the set.

The third set was a constant rally between the two teams. The Argos and Flames were tied a total of 12 times. Homme and senior Abby Timmer recorded timely blocks to win the match in the third set by a score of 25-23.

“This day is really important to us because of Coach Wolter, who went through her own battle with cancer,” Hansen said. “We were all emotionally invested in this match.”

The Argos play conference opponents Christian Brothers and Union on the road on Nov. 1 and 2.

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Volleyball breaks even at South Region Crossover

By Scott Pauley

The UWF Volleyball team finished a tough weekend with a win against Florida Southern on Saturday to end the South Region Crossover Tournament at 2-2, after losing two games and junior Autumn Duyn to an ankle injury on Friday.

The tournament started out well with UWF winning in straight sets against Eckerd. The Argos continued to roll with the momentum of a six-game winning streak they carried into the tournament.

UWF was led by a trio of hitters in Sarah Scott, Duyn and Lindsay Homme who all tallied 13 kills against Eckerd to lead an impressive offensive performance in the match. Duyn, Kate Keegan and Colleen Stars all had double-digit digs in the match and led the Argos defensively.

Disaster struck Friday when Duyn rolled her ankle badly in the second set against Barry.The Argos dropped three straight sets to lose 1-3. The rotation had to adjust to playing without Duyn for the first time in two years.

“It definitely sucked seeing her go down. She’s one of our best players,” Scott said of Duyn’s injury.  “We have 19 players on our team for a reason, and we recruited them to do their job so that’s what we have to do moving forward.”

Friday evening saw No. 3 Tampa come into a raucous Field House as the Argos were able to channel the energy of a good crowd and win a tight first game 25-21. UWF gave up too many errors in the following sets to overcome a very talented Tampa team and lost 1-3.

Both Bellairs and Scott said that the ability to sustain the energy that drove them to win game one against Tampa and improve their defensive play, would be a key to success moving forward as the team attempts to win in Duyn’s absence.

Saturday’s victory came on the back of Maddy Lenzini, as she was able to find her groove and lead the Argos with 16 kills to mark her new career best. UWF had strong team defense in the team’s defensive performance that saw six Argonauts tally 10 or more digs and really stood as a quality answer to Friday’s defensive struggles.

The Argos need to prepare their new rotation as they may be without Duyn for a couple of crucial conference matchups this weekend. Conference rival Shorter comes to town on Friday, and Lee will face the Argos for their annual “Pack it Pink” match in support of breast cancer awareness on Saturday.

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Swimming wins first meet in Birmingham

Staff Reports

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – After picking up the first two wins in program history on Friday against Birmingham-Southern and Centre, the West Florida women’s swimming and diving team came back on Saturday to place first of seven teams at the Birmingham-Southern Relays at the Birmingham CrossPlex.

The seven-team field included Bethel, Birmingham-Southern, Brenau, Emmanuel, LaGrange, Sewanee and West Florida.

“We raced exceptionally well today against some very good schools,” said UWF head coach Andrew Hancock. “We had a couple of tough breaks early with some disqualifications, and that really put us in a hole. We had to battle back, and we learned a lot about our team today. We learned that they’re resilient. We learned that they can face adversity and overcome it. These are the qualities that will serve us well at the end of the year.”

The event included 10 relays for women’s teams, and UWF claimed wins in the 100 freestyle relay, 200 freestyle relay, 300 backstroke relay, 300 butterfly relay and 300 IM relay.

“We had a great time with the relay meet,” explained Hancock. “Our team had a lot of fun with some swims that we usually don’t get to swim. Overall it was a great experience last night and today.”

The Argonauts will return to action in a tri-meet on the road on Nov. 9 against LaGrange and Thomas (Ga.). For information on all UWF athletics, visit www.GoArgos.com.

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Flag football starts with preseason tourney

By Brian Achatz

The Immortals bested the competition in the preseason flag football tournament at The University of West Florida. The third annual tournament took place Oct. 17 at the UWF Intramural Fields.

Intramural Graduate Assistant Dale Russell said he thinks the tournament is more focused on practice than it is on winning.

“The main purpose is to allow our officials to train,” Russell said. “The overtime rules allow us to get more games in at the tournament.”

The event gave intramural referees and participants a final chance to test their skills. The double-elimination tournament started with round-robin play before breaking the teams into two pools. All games were played with overtime rules.

“We are very excited for the upcoming season,” Russell said. “Clearly the students are excited too since all of our regular-season leagues filled up in three days.”

Seven teams and more than 20 officials participated in the tournament.

“It’s awesome getting hands-on training,” sophomore referee Damarrian Pitts said. “The teams were respectable, and players were lenient while working with us.”

Pitts, like other officials, is also playing intramural flag football.

“I’m excited to get out there and play, it will help my officiating skills,” Pitts said.

Junior Corwinn Toliver said his team is full of misfits who came together at the last minute.

“Team Nice is full of athletes,” Toliver said. “We have all played football or another sport.”

Toliver played flag football last year with a different team and was able to make it to the second round of the playoffs.

Teams holding practice Thursday night also occupied the intramural fields.

The Punt Destroyers are one of the handful of favorites for the regular season, and went 6-0 last season.

“It slipped our minds, hopefully we should take it all this year,” Grant Golombeski said.

The Punt Destroyers are one of the few teams who have stuck together since last season.

“We’ve had to cut a few players, but we added some younger siblings of players and friends to the team,” Golombeski said.

Brad Klimek, quarterback of the Punt Destroyers, is optimistic about his team’s chances of success this season.

“I can out throw any quarterback in intramurals, straight up,” Klimek said. “We like to use the deep ball to fuel our fast-paced offense.”

The regular season kicked-off Monday night at the Intramural Fields. Spectators are welcome at games Monday through Thursday nights.

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Students get ready for basketball at Hoop-A-Palooza

By Danielle Lockamy

On Tuesday, Oct. 16, the Argonauts hosted their first Hoop-A-Palooza to kick off the 2013-14 basketball season.

“This season, I am most excited to go out and win, as well as have a lot of fun,” senior guard Nate Johnson said.

According to the men’s basketball team’s Head Coach Bob Stinnett, the team was fully prepared as of Oct. 16, the first day of practice.

“We have eight returning players this season which already makes us more prepared than last year,” said Stinnett.

The event began with students cheering on the teams as they were introduced by name, height and grade. Players from both teams and fellow Argonauts chosen from the crowd participated in “Around the World” and three-point challenge competitions. The winners of the games received $10 gift cards to Pita Pit.

Throughout Hoop-A-Palooza, raffle tickets were drawn to win Publix gift cards, polo UWF shirts, Domino’s pizza, and Beats by Dre. At the end of the night, the final raffle was drawn for a chance to receive free tuition for a semester. Two raffles were drawn with hopes that one lucky winner would make the half-court shot and win the free tuition. However, both contestants came up just short of the hoop.

“I really enjoyed Hoop-A-Palooza,” said Alonzo Byas, freshman. “It was a great way to get pumped about the upcoming season.”

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Savi wins USTA Small College Championship

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FORT MYERS, Fla. – University of West Florida senior Bruno Savi can now be mentioned as one of the greatest West Florida men’s tennis players in the history of the program. Savi defeated Marko Boskovic 6-4,6-3 in the singles championship match of the USTA/ITA DII National Small College Championship, a feat that has only happened two other times in the history of the program.

Savi exacted a bit of revenge in the win after the Santana do Livramento, Brazil native and his teammate Felipe Frattini lost to Boskovic and his partner in the first round of doubles competition.

“This is a great honor for me to be the singles champion,” Savi said. “I have been working very hard over the summer for this exact moment. It was special to play the regional in Pensacola and I knew this was going to be tough but I feel like I played by best tennis today.”

“Bruno is one of the best players we’ve had here at UWF and is a great leader for us,” head coach Derrick Racine said. “Last year he got injured in the regional final and didn’t get the opportunity to finish the match. It was great to see him put in the hard work after that loss last season and come back and win it this year as a senior.”

For information on all UWF athletics, visit www.GoArgos.com.

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Player Profile: Autumn Duyn

By Scott Pauley

Outside Hitter Autumn Duyn

Outside Hitter Autumn Duyn

Autumn Duyn entered the 2013 season as the reigning Gulf South Conference Volleyball Player of the Year, and halfway through this season, she’s looking like a strong contender to earn that honor a second time.

Duyn has tallied 208 kills, 234 digs and 21 service aces so far this season, putting her on target to tie or surpass all of her statistical achievements from last year, and has already been named the conference player of the week twice.

“I think she’s playing better all the time,” UWF Head Coach Melissa Wolter said of Duyn. “I think she’s matured a ton this year. The last two years she has started almost every game for us.”

That maturation led to Duyn being named a team captain this year in addition to her being a floor captain the last two years. Duyn says that honor puts her in a position where she has to continue to become a more vocal leader on and off the court.

“I always have to be consistent and confident on the court now to help the team,” Duyn said. “People are expecting me to do bigger things now.”

Duyn figures to be a top nominee for the GSC Player of the Year award if she can continue to succeed on both the offensive and defensive side of the game, a task she seems to be able to handle given her success in both categories for the last two seasons.

“Her volleyball IQ is off the charts,” Wolter said. “She reads things and sees things before they happen, and that makes her really hard to play against.”

Duyn continuously strives to become a better player and help her team win more games.

She says she wants to play a little smarter and focus on understanding when she might not be in the best position to make a play and instead just try to keep the play going, rather than being overly aggressive and forcing it.

Amid her early success at UWF, Duyn has remained humble and attributes her success this season to her coach. Wolter has helped Duyn avoid some of the costly hitting errors she was committing in the beginning of the season.

Wolter said Duyn is the kind of player you want to win those awards, lauding her humility and her drive to continue to push for success.

“It’s not about those awards,” Wolter said. “She’d give them all up if it meant a chance for us to reach the elite eight. That’s just the type of person she is.”

Even more impressive is the fact that Duyn is just a junior, leaving the door open for another season of her impressive success and the potential for three straight awards if she does win this year.

Wolter said she advises the team to “let the awards fall where they may and just go out and win.” That advice may very well prove to be crucial for Duyn as her personal success may hinge on the success of the team this year as they try to recapture the magic that lead to last year’s successful season.

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Volleyball cruises to victory over West Alabama

By Scott Pauley

Head coach Melissa Wolter

Head coach Melissa Wolter

The No. 19 UWF Volleyball team cruised to another victory Thursday against the University of West Alabama in straight sets 25-14, 25-19, 25-15.

The homecoming game drew a good crowd as the Argos were cheered on by not just students and fans, but a small pep band that kept the building excited in between sets.

“I think it’s exciting,” coach Melissa Wolter said. “We have the pep band in here, and we have a good crowd tonight and a lot of people excited to support us.”

This was the last homecoming game for the teams’ seniors this year, made even more emotional by the injury suffered by senior Jenny Bellairs during Tuesday’s game that kept her on the bench watching her team get a win for her last homecoming experience.

“Although we miss her on the court, we’ll be glad to have her back when she gets better,” senior Lindsay Homme said of Bellairs.

The experience was a good one for the team’s senior players, as the team won the match easily. Junior Autumn Duyn tied a career-best 21 kills on the night.

Senior Sierra Hansen said the game and the atmosphere were an emotional experience as her career at UWF is winding down, but the fan turnout made this game fun and left her speechless.

The win is the sixth in a row for the Argos, losing only one set in that span. They continue their run this weekend at the UWF South Region Crossover in the Field House.

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Swimming and diving struggles against FSU, Tulane

By Brian Achatz

Coash Andrew Hancock

Coash Andrew Hancock

Friday marked one small step for University of West Florida athletics and one giant leap for the UWF women’s swimming and diving team.

Twenty-three Argos made their debut at the UWF Aquatic Center in the first meet in school history. The Argos were bested by Division I opponents Florida State and Tulane, but still left room for moral victories. For UWF coach Andrew Hancock it was not all about winning.

“This is something our team will remember forever,” Hancock said. “We wanted to find a balance between competition and enjoying the moment.”

UWF sophomore Peggy de Villiers finished second in the 50-yard freestyle, marking the best finish for UWF of the day. Lydia Ware from Florida State finished two hundredths of a second ahead of de Villiers, making it the closest separation between first and second place of the meet.

After her finish, de Villiers was congratulated by several teammates while a cheer from the crowd echoed in the UWF Aquatic Center.

“I was happy about it,” de Villiers said, “I was seeing how well I could compete. When I saw (Ware) next to me I knew I was close to taking it.”

The transfer from Cape Town, South Africa was humble after her event in UWF’s inaugural meet.

“It’s such an honor to compete,” de Villiers said. “I love UWF, and I’m really happy to be here.”

De Villiers obtained another second place finish in the 200-yard freestyle relay, shared with teammates Emily Mitchell, Carla Robles and Cheryl Corvo.

The Argos finished top five in six of the individual events. In addition to the 50-yard freestyle, de Villiers grabbed fifth in the 100 free and fifth in the 100 butterfly. Anna-Marie Macht finished third in 100 breaststroke and fourth in the 200 individual medley. Savanna Antonetz finished fifth in the 100 backstroke.

“That was fun,” Hancock said. “We targeted the 200 (relay) and several other events as ones we wanted to do well at, so it kind of all worked out for us.”

UWF competes Oct. 18 in Birmingham against Birmingham-Southern College and Centre College.

The Argos will host two more meets during their inaugural season. The next home meet will be Jan. 2 against Carson-Newman University, Darton State College and Queens University.

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