Last Serve of UWF’s Fall Tennis Campaign

first_imgLast Serve of UWF’s Fall Tennis Campaign Share With one tournament left to play, the University of West Florida men’s and women’s tennis teams are looking to end the fall, individual singles and doubles play, on a good note. The women are looking to make a comeback after not making it past the quarterfinals in singles and falling in the finals in doubles at the USTA/ITA South Regional tournament. For the men this last tournament will be an opportunity to keep improving their individual standings before spring team play arrives.Junior Andrey Pazhidaev from Sochi, Russia, entered the regional tournament, which was held in Valdosta, Ga., as the No. 8 seed in singles. Improving from last year, when he made it to the round of 16 at the 2009 Wilson/ITA regional, Pazhidaev was able to make it as far as the semifinal round, only to be defeated by No. 6 seed Emanuel Fraitzl of Barry. “The most important thing for me is to be ready for the spring season. Tournaments like the ITA Regionals help me to find my game.  I really need those matches to get more experience and more practice,” stated Pazhidaev.Radovan Chrz is the only player to win the ITA singles championships as an Argonaut competing on the NCAA Division II level. Chrz, a 4-time singles and doubles All-American who competed at UWF from 2001-2004, is also the only Argonaut to win the ITA “Super Bowl” Championship in singles. Barbara Oliviera was the only UWF women’s tennis player to make it to the third day of play in the USTA/ITA South Regional held at Florida Southern College in Lakeland, Fla., Sept. 23-26. Falling in the quarterfinals to the No.13 seed, Oliviera is looking to bounce back and win the entire UWF Fall Fling tournament.I will work harder because I won it (Fall Fling) last year. I know everyone who is playing in it now will have also improved and will be playing better,” said Oliviera. “I really want to win this title again, but it will be challenging because I am not in the best shape. I expect a great performance from myself and my teammates.”Head men’s and women’s coach Derrick Racine is looking to finish the fall strong, leading the Argonauts into a competitive Fall Fling tournament. “I think this years Fall Fling will be one of our best,” said Racine. So far I have commitments from several NCAA Division I schools, and I expect this to be one of the biggest and strongest fields we have ever had.” The UWF Fall Fling will be the second home match as well as the final match of the fall tennis season. Fall Fling is set to begin Oct. 22 continuing through Oct. 24. All games will be played at the Ralph “Skeeter” Carson Tennis Complex located on the UWF campus.Print Friendly Versioncenter_img Junior Andrey Pazhidaev last_img

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