TAMPA (Feb. 3, 2017) – The University of South Florida women’s tennis team opened their home season without dropping a single set, defeating Southern Miss in a 7-0 sweep.
The Bulls claimed the doubles point, and carried their strength into straight-set wins on each court against the Golden Eagles. Striking first, Brooke Lashway made quick work of Tzu-Hui Chen, 6-2, 6-2. Following suit, Ana Roman-Dominguez finished her match, 6-1, 6-3, to boost the Bulls to a 3-0 lead over Southern Miss.
In the No. 2 spot Nicole Dzenga clinched the match, 6-3, 6-3, to secure the win. Olga Martinez and Juliana Cardoso went into tie break sets during each of their matches, but made sure to continue the winning streak. Martinez defeated Rikeetha Pereira 7-6(6), 6-1 and Cardoso came back from a 4-1 deficit in the first set to top Tjasa Jerse 7-5, 7-6(4).
Undefeated duo Roman-Dominguez and freshman Lashway clinched the doubles point, 6-3, to continue their perfect record. Cardoso and Martinez put up USF’s first win after defeating Golden Eagles Carolin Drescher and Alex Kitchen.
Head Coach Cristina Moros on opening the home slate with a win…
“It’s always great to start our home stretch with a win. I think this team is kind of dangerous, and I think we did a good job of taking care of business today.”
· The Bulls completed the match without dropping a single set.
· This win brings USF to a 2-2 record.
· Ana Roman-Dominguez and Brooke Lashway are undefeated in doubles play.
The Bulls will face No. 12 Texas Tech on Sunday Feb. 5, at noon. This will be the first ranked opponent that USF has seen this season.
1. Ana Roman (USF) def. Carolin Drescher (USM) 6-1, 6-3
2. Nicole Dzenga (USF) def. Alex Kitchen (USM) 6-3, 6-3
3. Brooke Lashway/Ana Roman (USF) def. Elena Roca/Tjasa Jerse (USM) 6-3
Be sure to follow USF women’s tennis on social media (Twitter / Facebook / Instagram) and visit GoUSFBulls.com for the most up-to-date information. The USF women’s tennis program returns all singles players from a squad that advanced to the championship match of the conference tournament. Head coach Cristina Moros will be in her second year at the helm of the program after leading USF to an impressive 17-7 season in 2016.