Bulls Drop Saturday Matinee to Penn, 5-2

March 11, 2017

TAMPA (March 11, 2017) –  After dropping the doubles point, the USF women’s tennis team fought back to a 2-1 lead but couldn’t hold on as the Penn Quakers overcame them, 5-2.

USF needed four singles wins to take the match, and Juliana Cardoso and Vanja Klaric won in straight sets on courts two and six to take a 2-1 lead. In the No. 2 spot, Cardoso defeated Ria Vaidya 6-1, 6-2, and Kalric went 6-3, 6-1 over OJ Singh at No. 6.

The Bulls couldn’t hold as Penn took courts one, four, and five to clinch the match. Vera Bessonova went to a super tie break in lieu of a third set, but fell 6-5, 5-7, 1-0(8).

Cardoso and Martinez struck first in doubles with a 6-3 win, but the Quakers clinched the point with a pair of 6-2 wins on courts two and three.

Up Next:

The Bulls are back in action Tuesday for a noon game against Liberty, followed by a conference match against Tulsa Thursday at noon.


Singles competition

1. Kana Daniel (PENN) def. Ana Roman (USF) 6-1, 6-1

2. Juliana Cardoso (USF) def. Ria Vaidya (PENN) 6-1, 6-2

3. Ashley Zhu (PENN) def. Vera Bessonova (USF) 6-4, 5-7, 1-0 (10-8)

4. Lina Qostal (PENN) def. Nicole Dzenga (USF) 6-4, 6-4

5. Marta Kowalska (PENN) def. Jessica Chaves (USF) 7-5, 6-1

6. Vanja Klaric (USF) def. OJ Singh (PENN) 6-3, 6-1

Doubles competition

1. Olga Martinez/Juliana Cardoso (USF) def. Kana Daniel/Ashley Zhu (PENN) 6-3

2. Ria Vaidya/Lina Qostal (PENN) def. Vera Bessonova/Nicole Dzenga (USF) 6-2

3. Luba Vazhenina/Marta Kowalska (PENN) def. Brooke Lashway/Ana Roman (USF) 6-2

Be sure to follow USF women’s tennis on social media (Twitter / Facebook / Instagram) and visit 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.

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