May 15, 2004
Altamonte Springs, FL.-- The West Florida men's tennis team held off Valdosta State, 5-2, to claim its first NCAA title at the Division II National Championships Festival Saturday afternoon.
West Florida finished the season with a 24-1 record with the win, while Valdosta State dropped to 21-4.
The Argos took an early lead after winning two of the three doubles matches, then managed to with three of the four singles completed matches to pick up the title. German Delmagro's win at No. 5 singles, clinched the match for West Florida.
"If we were going to lose to anybody I'm glad it was to them (West Florida)...Derrick (Racine) and I are good friends, we are in the same conference and he has done a great job...We just got beat by a better team today...I think all the comebacks hurt us in the end, our legs gave out," VSU head coach John Hansen said.
Valdosta State junior Eduardo Rincon said, "At the beginning of the year our team didn't want to be around one another and by the end of the year we became a family...We came here and competed as hard as we could...This is great for West Florida, they deserve it, Derrick (Racine) works really hard...It is a well deserved championship for West Florida but we'll be back next year."
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