UWF athletics weekly roundup

Jason Dustin

Sports Editor

The swimming and diving team debuted, amidst accolades the streaking volleyball team swerved before righting the ship, and the women’s soccer team swept the week and have now strung together three wins as they head into Homecoming week.

Swimming and Diving

The University of West Florida swimming and diving team opened the 2015 season at home, in a four-school meet.  

The Argonauts finished the two-day meet with a record of 2-4. UWF’s three opponents were all Division I schools.

The highlight of the meet for the host Argos was provided by All-American Monica Amaral, a junior diver from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Amaral set a new school record in the 3-meter springboard, breaking her own mark, according to a UWF Athletic Communications press release.  In doing so, Amaral qualified for the NCAA national tournament.

The swimming and diving teams next compete on Friday, Oct. 30, in Sewanee, Tennessee, at the Sewanee Invitational.

Women’s soccer

The women’s soccer team heads into Homecoming Week having found some rhythm.

Head coach Steve Bartlinski’s team defeated the University of North Alabama 3-2, on Sunday, Oct. 11, in Pensacola.  The Argos were fueled by senior Amber Pennybaker, who had two goals.

UWF’s second win of the week came against the University of Alabama in Huntsville, on the road, on Friday, Oct. 16.  Sophomore Daryl Bell paced UWF with two goals in the 4-0 shutout win.

UWF now has three of the top seven goal scorers in the Gulf South Conference. Kaley Ward is tied for second in the GSC with eight goals, while Bell and Pennybaker are tied for third with seven.

The Argos’ schedule for the week includes a Sunday, Oct. 18 tilt in Livingston, Alabama against the University of West Alabama and a Homecoming matchup on Friday, Oct. 23, against Delta State University at the UWF Soccer Complex.

Men’s soccer

The men’s soccer team narrowly missed riding a three-game winning streak of their own into Homecoming Week.

On Sunday, Oct. 11, the Argos defeated Concordia College 3-0, in Pensacola. Chandler Castleman, a sophomore from Pace, scored twice.

UWF pushed the University of Alabama in Huntsville to overtime on Friday, Oct. 16, in Huntsville.  Jorge Chirinos scored his second, second-half goal of the contest in the 86th minute, on an assist by Marteinn Urbancic.

The men play next on Sunday, Oct. 18 at the University of West Alabama, before their Homecoming match against Delta State University, on Friday, Oct. 24, in Pensacola.

Volleyball

The UWF volleyball team surrendered its 13-game winning streak in its first match in Carrollton, Georgia at the South Region Crossover, which was hosted by the University of West Georgia.

The Argos finished 1-2 at the tournament after falling to nationally-ranked programs No. 14 Florida Southern College, 3-1, and No. 17 Palm Beach Atlantic University, 3-0, before defeating Barry University 3-1.

The team is now 18-4 on the year.

Earlier in the week the GSC had named UWF junior middle blocker Kathryn Torre, and junior outside hitter Corisha Smith conference Defensive and Offensive Players of the Week, respectively.

The Argos will remain at UWG on Sunday, Oct. 18, to face its GSC rival. The three-match week will continue on the road on Tuesday, Oct. 20 in a rematch with Valdosta State University, and at the University of West Alabama on Saturday, Oct. 24.

In other news, the UWF men’s tennis doubles team of senior Kenny Brasil and junior Alex Peyrot placed fifth at the 2015 USTA/ITA National Small College Championships on Friday, Oct. 16, according to a UWF Athletic Communications press release.  The pair entered the tournament seeded third.

The men’s and women’s cross-country teams continue to prepare for the GSC championships, which will take place on Saturday, Oct. 24, at the Oakville Indian Mounds Course in Danville, Alabama.