Men’s, women’s tennis teams are conference champions – again
By Brooke Weber
The No. 1-ranked University of West Florida men’s tennis team now holds five out of the last six Gulf South Conference Championships, and the 13th championship total after beating Valdosta State University in the conference championship on April 22.
Senior Alex Peyrot said it was important for UWF to bring the title back to Pensacola and to show the other teams in the conference that this year they wanted to win the whole thing.
“I was only a part of three (championships) out of the last four years, but it is nice to see that every year we are able to compete for the conference title,” Peyrot said. “The conference is getting stronger with newcomers such as Lee University and Mississippi College, and every year the teams are improving.”
Peyrot and senior Pedro Dumont at No.1 won with a score of 8-2, before senior Gabriel Dias and senior Pedro Roese tied them at No. 2 spot and graduate student Warren Kuhn and senior Pablo Tellez won 8-5 at No. 3.
Peyrot is from Castelnaudary, France, and was been named 2015 GSC Player of the Year, 2015 All-GSC First Team, a three-time all-American in singles and once in doubles, and won GSC Freshman of the year in 2014.
Peyrot said the best memory for him as an Argo was when UWF won the National Championship his freshman year.
“All my teammates were there and it is a feeling I can’t describe,” Peyrot said. “It was amazing.”
Other than winning championships, Peyrot said his favorite part of being on the UWF tennis team is that there are a lot of international students coming from all over the world.
“We have different culture, and it is nice to see different ones, and maybe one day be able to travel in different countries and see them,” Peyrot said.
UWF moved on in the NCAA South Region I first-round match of the tournament on Saturday when they beat Benedict College 5-5 at the Ralph “Skeeter” Carson Tennis Complex, which gave the Argos their 21st consecutive win, GoArgos.com reports.
UWF continued its winning streak on Sunday when they won the NCAA South Region I title after defeating Lynn University 5-3.
UWF will now advance to the round of 16 at the NCAA Championships where the Argos will face No. 7 Armstrong State on May 9 at Sanlando Park in Altamonte Springs, Florida.
THE LADY ARGOS TENNIS TEAM also brought home hardware after winning the 2017 GSC Tournament Championship on April 22 against Valdosta State 5-4 at the Lagoon Park Tennis Complex.
The Argos started the match down by one after doubles play, but at No. 6 sophomore Valeria Mantilla started to come back for the Argos after a 5-7, 6-4, 6-0 win. Sophomore Heather Mixon at No. 5 was forced into a third set, but she ran her league-best with a 7-5, 6-7, 6-1 win to put the Argos ahead 4-3.
The championship game came down to junior Paula Coyos and Valdosta State’s Anja Coksa, who each won a set in the first two. Coyos led 5-2 in the third before Coksa came back and tied at 5-5. However, Coyos came back and won the final two games to clinch the conference championship.
Coyos said this season was something amazing for UWF.
“We are fighters,” Coyos said. “We had a very good season. Last week we won the conference championship after being on court for five hours.
“It has been a very long time since I last saw my team so happy,” she said. “We were 4-1 down and after a lot of fight, we came back to win 5-4. The last four matches were decided in a third set and this win is what gave us the title.”
Coyos said she has no words to explain how proud she is of all of her teammate and how thankful she is for the coaches’ support.
“I had some ups and downs in the beginning of the season,” Coyos said. “Physically it can be tough, especially because of injures that can come up during the season. However, we have a very good training team that has helped us throughout the season.”
Tennis does not only involve practices and conditioning, but also a lot of heart, Coyos said.
“Sometimes we want to win so bad, that we can get over any issues with our body,” she said. “We go through hell, but it doesn’t matter so long as we get the win.”
With that win, UWF women’s tennis has now has won 17 GSC titles, and has extended its winning streak over league opponents to 81 consecutive victories, GoArgos.com reports.
“We have been working hard to improve our game and to be ready for regionals at Boca Raton,” Coyos said. “In practice we have some good times, but when it comes to a match we are always ready to fight.”
UWF opened the first round of the NCAA South II Regional tournament with a 5-0 victory over Benedict at the Perper Tennis Complex at Lynn University Monday.
However, the Argos season came to an end on Tuesday after losing to No. 3 Lynn University 5-0 to in the regional championship.
UWF finished its season at 24-7 overall, and the GSC conference title.
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