TAMPA (March 12, 2017) – The USF men’s tennis team (9-5) opened conference play without dropping a single set, defeating Tulsa, 5-0, in a conference championship rematch.
USF started singles play with first-set wins on every court. Senior Vadym Kalyuzhnyy clinched for the Bulls on court five with a 6-4, 6-2 victory. No. 98 Peter Bertran gave the Bulls their first singles point with a quick 6-1, 6-1, win over Dominic Bechard, and freshman Pierre Luquet earned a win on court six topping Mitchell Pritchard, 6-1, 6-3.
In doubles play, Gozun and Barroso-Campos struck first with a 6-4 win on court one. Senior, freshman tandem Kalyuzhnyy and Jakub Wojcik posted a matching score to claim the doubles point for the Bulls.
· This win puts the Bulls on a five-match win streak.
· Barroso-Campos leads the team in singles wins, 11-2.
“We’re just happy to get through matches and get a 'W.' This is a good team, Tulsa, and we knew they would be tough going in. They had a good win against Texas earlier this year and we were prepared to battle. Everyone came out and played well, and it ended a really nice run of home matches.”
“I was very happy with it. Really happy with the way Kuba (Wojcik) looked at three doubles. That’s been a work in progress all season, and we’ve tried a few different combinations and we’re really starting to feel good about it. Kuba played really well today and hopefully that’s a team we can keep together moving forward.”
The Bulls are traveling to Indian Wells, Calif. next weekend for the BNP Paribas Open.
1. Sasha Gozun (USF) vs. #27 Or Ram-Harel (TLSM) 7-6 (7-3), unfinished
2. #122 Alberto Barroso (USF) vs. Majed Kilani (TLSM) 6-3, unfinished
Be sure to follow USF men’s tennis on social media (Twitter / Facebook / Instagram) and visit GoUSFBulls.com for the most up-to-date information. Head coach Ashley Fisher will begin his first year at the helm of the program for the 2017 season after serving as an assistant coach in 2016. The USF men’s tennis program has won three consecutive American Athletic Conference Championships and advanced to three straight NCAA tournaments.