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Argos conquer 4-0 over Delta State

Photo by Tim Keebler

Photo by Tim Keebler

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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Campbell, Palmer lead the Argos to the win in soccer

By Brian Achatz

Chelsea Palmer

Chelsea Palmer

The No. 8 ranked University of West Florida women’s soccer team is building momentum in the later games of its season.

The Argos, ranked third in the country in overall defense, produced their fifth shutout of the season Sunday with a 4-0 win over Shorter University.

“We’ve got to improve every match,” coach Joe Bartlinski said. “With so little time left in the regular season are kids are going to work hard.”

UWF showed that their hard work has paid off thus far. The Argos produced 16 shots in the first 17 minutes in Sunday’s match against Shorter. One of those shots found the back of the net when forward Chelsea Palmer crossed the ball to midfielder Shelby Bush and put the Argos up 1-0.

“We work hard to move the ball and if you don’t have an open shot, that’s why you have teammates,” Palmer said.

The Argos would hold the lead for the rest of the game. However, UWF was not done scoring and Palmer still had a few more assists to dish out.

Midfielder Sashana Campbell had two goals on the afternoon. A throw-in from Palmer was directed to Campbell by defender April Syme for a goal in the 36th minute. Nearly 30 minutes later Palmer found Campbell on a cross to put the Argos up 3-0.

“I’m a striker. I’m out here to do my job and that is scoring,” Campbell said.

In the 78th minute Kaitlyn Culotta scored, marking the  fourth straight game in which she has recorded a point.

“Communication is one of the things we have to get better at,” Bartlinski said. “The Gulf South Conference is such a tough tournament, we have to improve.”

The defending national champions have five games left until the Gulf South Conference tournament begins.

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Men’s cross-country wins in Clinton, Miss.

Staff Reports

Caleb Carmichael

Caleb Carmichael

CLINTON, Miss. – The West Florida men’s cross-country team won its second meet in a row with a dominant performance at the Watson Ford Invitational hosted by Mississippi College Friday evening. UWF had runners place first, second, third, fourth and fifth to finish with a perfect team score of 15.

Mississippi Valley State took first place in the Division I standings, but the UWF top six all finished ahead of the top Division I finisher. UWF was followed by Mississippi College in the non-Division I standings, and Gulf South Conference rival North Alabama finished fifth.

“This was a fantastic way to race heading into a super competitive field next week at Florida State,” said head coach Caleb Carmichael. “It should give the team some more confidence. It was a great team win, and whenever you can pick up a win and a trophy the excitement level goes up.”

Cody Haden led the pack of Argonauts at the front, as he crossed the line at 26:30 on the 8,000-meter course. The individual win for Haden was the first of his collegiate career.

The rest of the Argonaut pack at the front featured Nick Merrett in second, Sam Hippely in third, Tim Wenger in fourth, Don Kerrigan in fifth, and for good measure, A.J. Cunningham in sixth. Merrett set a new personal record at 26:49, Hippely crossed the line at 27:06, Wenger at 27:09, Kerrigan at 27:31 and Cunningham at 27:32.

UWF also had strong finishes from Brandon Skeie in 11th place, Jacob Slupecki in 13th, David Drumm in 21st and Tyler Mitchell in 22nd.

The final regular season meet for the Argonauts is coming up on Oct. 11 at the Florida State Invitational. The Argos will start their postseason run on Oct. 26 at the GSC Championships. For information on all UWF athletics, visit www.GoArgos.com.

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Volleyball sweeps foes during weekend roadtrip

Friday, Oct. 4 at North Alabama

Staff Reports

Argos celebrate their victory over Huntsville.

Argos celebrate their victory over Huntsville.

FLORENCE, Ala. – The No. 20-ranked West Florida Volleyball team defeated Gulf South Conference opponent North Alabama 3-0 (25-20,29-27,25-20) Friday night on the road. West Florida improves to 10-4 overall and 5-1 in the GSC with the win.

The Argonauts looked very strong offensively on the night highlighted by a .310 team attacking percentage in the first set. Junior Autumn Duyn had 11 kills and tallied four blocks while senior Jenny Bellairs tallied 10 kills at a .529 clip. Sophomore Maddy Lenzini had nine kills with a career-high .438 hitting percentage.

West Florida recorded nine blocks as a team and held UNA to a .204 hitting percentage on the night, including a .108 hitting percentage in the third set.

Senior Lindsay Homme totaled five kills in the match, and moved up to third place all-time for kills at UWF with 1,017.

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


Saturday, Oct. 5 at Ala.-Huntsville

Staff Reports

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – The No. 20-ranked West Florida Volleyball team swept Alabama-Huntsville 3-0 (25-18, 25-19, 25-15) on the road Saturday afternoon. The win was West Florida’s fifth in a row, all against conference opponents. The Argos improve to 11-4 overall and 6-1 in the Gulf South Conference with the victory.

Three Argos tallied double-digit kills, led by reigning GSC Offensive Player of the Week Autumn Duyn’s 12 kills at a .522 clip. Jenny Bellairs had 10 kills, including six in the third set.

The West Florida defense was able to hold UAH to a .105 hitting percentage and compiled 8.5 team blocks in the conference match.

The Argos will begin a three game homestand against Montevallo on Oct. 8 at 6 p.m., followed by games against conference opponents West Alabama and Valdosta State.

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

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Men’s soccer gets conference win at Shorter

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ROME, Ga. – The University of West Florida men’s soccer team defeated the Shorter University Hawks 4-2 Sunday afternoon. Three different Argonauts scored including Felipe Oliveira who netted two goals in the second half and also added an assist. The Argos are now 6-2 on the season and 5-1 in the Gulf South Conference, while the Hawks fall to 5-2-1 and earn their first GSC loss.

The Argos opened up the first half with an aggressive offensive strategy and netted the first goal 10 minutes into the game. Nick Salafrio found the back of the net after a low cross from his brother, Jack, found him and he was able to put a shot on net for the goal. Both teams would play strong defense to the end of the first half, and the Argos entered halftime with a 1-0 lead. West Florida outshot Shorter in the first half and tallied 10 shots to the Hawks’ four.

The second half proved to be an eventful one for both teams as each produced a total of five goals during the half. West Florida was first to score in the half when a cross from Oliveira found Fernando Silveira who found the back of the net in the 61st minute. It didn’t take long for the Argos to score again, after a breakdown in Shorter’s defense allowed Silveira and Oliveira to connect again for the score 20 seconds later. This time it was Oliveira who received a cross from Silveira and netted the goal for the 3-0 lead.

However, the Hawks would answer and scored their first goal of the match five minutes later after Sam Clare drove to the box and beat keeper Stuart McCrory for the goal. West Florida would respond in the 10 minutes after Felipe Oliveira drove home a cross from Jack Salafrio for his second goal of the game and the 4-1 lead. The Hawks would manage another goal in the last 10 minutes but could never come within more than two goals of the Argos and West Florida would go on to earn their sixth victory of the season.

The Argos had twice as many attacks and out shot their opponent 20-10 and both teams attempted four corners during the match. McCrory earned the win for the Argos after he allowed two goals and made two saves after playing all 90 minutes. The win is McCrory’s second of the season and improves his record to 2-0.

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

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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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Argos show strength at GSC Tournament

Jamar Moore goes for a jumper at a game earlier in the season. Moore recorded back-to-back double-doubles against North Alabama and Alabama-Huntsville and was named to the Gulf South Conference All-Tournament after strong performances at the tournament on March 2 and 3. (Photo special to The Voyager)

Many Gulf South Conference coaches thought that the University of West Florida men’s basketball team would be a dark horse at the GSC Tournament on
March 2.

The Argonauts did their best to make some noise.

After holding off North Alabama 72-66 in the quarterfinals, UWF shocked everyone by taking nationally-ranked No. 3 Alabama-Huntsville  into the final minute of the semifinals tied 84-84.

UAH hung on for the win 87-84 and went on to defeat Christian Brothers 87-84 for the GSC championship the next day.


The Argos nearly pulled off the biggest upset in University history in the semifinals on March 3.

UWF tied the No. 3 team in the nation and top seed in the tournament 81-81 on a jumper by Jamar Moore with 2:03 left in the game.

UAH responded with its 12th 3-pointer of the night, but Marquis Mathis came off the bench to hit a 3 for UWF to tie the game for the sixth time with 1:27 remaining.

Anthony Sims kept the lead in tact by blocking a Charger layup. Mike Whisman got the rebound and kicked it out to Martell Buie, but the Argo missed the go-ahead layup.

Whisman got another rebound, and the Argos got the ball to a wide-open Mathis, but his shot just missed with 35 seconds remaining.

The Chargers got the rebound and passed the ball to their star 3-point shooter Jamie Smith, who had already hit 6 3’s that night.

Buie played perfect defense, but Smith put up a shot six feet from the 3-point line with a hand in his face and banked it in off the glass.

Down 87-84 with
2.4 seconds remaining, the Argos got the ball to Moore at halfcourt, but his buzz-beater attempt missed.

Moore recorded his 11th double-double of the season with 29 points and 11 rebounds. He was 13 of 14 from the free-throw line.

The Argos as a team were 27 of 30 from the charity line.

UWF kept pace throughout most of the first half, but  UAH scored four unanswered points to lead at halftime 50-41.

The Argos trailed by as much as 11, down 60-49 with 16:35 remaining, but fought back in the second half.

North Alabama

In the quarterfinals  against North Alabama on March 2, UWF trailed 66-63 with 3:57 left to play.

Martell Buie hit two free throws, and Kelric White hit two more at the 1:48 mark to give the Argos the lead for good.

UWF finished the game on a 9-0 run over the final four minutes for the 72-66 victory.

The game was a lot closer than it appeared, though.

UNA had been keeping pace with the Argos using the 3-point game and lights-out shooting of Beaumont Beasley.

But UNA finally started missing shots, and White’s defensive pressure was too much for Beasley to handle toward the end of the game.

UWF also proved dominant from the free-throw line, finishing 17 of 21.

Buie led the way for UWF with 17 points. Terrance Beasley and Anthony Sims each had 12 points.

Jamar Moore just missed his second consecutive triple-double with 12 rebounds, 11 assists and nine points.

Chris Elkins
Sports Editor 

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Argonaut women fall in GSC quarterfinals

Bearden goes for a free throw earlier in the season. She led UWF in rebounds and steals this season. (Photo special to The Voyager)

The University of West Florida women’s basketball team ended its season earlier than it wanted to, but it did not go down without a fight.

During the opening round of the Gulf South Conference Tournament on March 1, the Argonauts trailed throughout most of the game. But UWF came back to lead late before falling 60-57 to West Alabama at The Arena in Niceville.

“That’s been a trademark all year,” UWF coach Shannan Bergen said of her team’s determination. “We’ve never, never … just fallen over and quit.”

Trailing 58-55 with 1:25 remaining in the game, the Argos had their share of opportunities to take the lead. But a pair of failed fast breaks and a missed free throw forced UWF to foul West Alabama’s Lanita Futrell with 14 seconds remaining. Futrell hit both free throws to put UWF down by two possessions, 60-56, and seal the Argos’ fate.

“They hit crucial free throws,” Bergen said. “Games are won and lost by the free-throw line.”

UWF was 14-of-27 from the charity line and was 3-of-10 over the final 6:37. UWA was 8-of-14 on the night.

After trailing 45-30 with 15:16 remaining in the game, the Argos’ Octavia Bearden took control. The senior scored 14 points during an 18-2 UWF run as the Argos took the lead, 48-47, with 8:33 left to play.

Bearden said the team had a new energy as it went on the run.

“We were ready to go,” she said. “Everyone was all together.”

But the Argos were unable to maintain the momentum as the two teams went back and forth throughout the game’s final minutes.

Bearden finished the night with her ninth double-double of the season, recording 22 points and 16 rebounds.

As they had done in their past two losses, the Argos struggled to shoot the ball in the first half, hitting just 34.6 percent of their shots from the field.

The Argos led for the first two minutes before UWA took the lead on a 3-pointer and slowly pulled away. UWF trailed by as much as 12 in the first half and was down eight points at halftime, 33-25.

UWF also struggled on the boards while Bearden — the conference’s fourth-leading rebounder — was sitting on the bench in foul trouble throughout most of the first half. UWF was out-rebounded 25-14 in the opening 20 minutes while Bearden played only seven minutes.

UWF finishes with a 10-17 record, but the Argos won six GSC games during the regular season, the most for the squad since 2007.

“The wins and losses and stuff is not, I feel like, what defines this team,” Bergen said. “They’ve been a great team.”

Chris Elkins
Sports Editor 

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Baseball team splits games

Josh Huggins hits the ball at a game earlier in the season. He leads UWF with 18 hits and 14 RBI’s. (Photo special to The Voyager)

The University of West Florida baseball team just held on for a 10-9 victory in the Gulf South Conference opener on March 4 against New Orleans before getting rocked in the second game of the doubleheader, 12-3.

The doubleheader was originally scheduled for March 3, but it was rained out. The series was supposed to be three games but was changed to two after the schedule change. UWF is now 13-3 (1-1 GSC) on the season.

The loss snapped a four-game winning streak for the Argonauts, but UWF moved up from No. 2 to
No. 1 in the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper Rankings after the previous No. 1 team, Tampa, lost two games to Lynn last weekend.

Game One

The first game of the doubleheader was a shootout.

UWF was up 10-6 in the eighth inning, but New Orleans made things interesting with a three-run inning.

However, Bobby Parker came in to shut down the Privateers and pitch a perfect ninth inning to end the game.

Game Two

The second game wasn’t as close.

UWF took the lead in the first inning on a sacrifice fly to left field, but New Orleans scored three in the second and two in the third to pull away from the Argos.

Jake Stephens struggled  in his first loss of the season, going four innings while giving up five runs, three earned, on five hits.

The Argos will return to conference-play on
March 10 for a three-game set against North Alabama in Florence, Ala.

 From staff reports

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