By TOM ZEBOLD
USF Senior Writer
TAMPA - The "monkey" is off the Bulls' back and now they can go out, relax and play tennis.
USF heads up to Gainesville to take on Florida 3 p.m. Tuesday after securing its first victory of the spring on Friday. Yannick Yoshizawa won a three-set tiebreaker that gave the Bulls the decisive point in a 4-3 comeback victory over North Florida at the USF Varsity Courts.
"It gives us a world of confidence just to get that monkey off your back," head coach Don Barr said after USF snapped a six-match skid. "You start playing not to lose and that's the worst thing you can do when you're a good player. You don't really play your game and it was starting to get to that point."
Yoshizawa lost the second set and took Moritz Burchner through a marathon tiebreaker in the third set before coming out on top, 13-11.
"They stayed positive all the time, and when you stay up and positive good things are going to happen," Barr said.
Yoshizawa, the Big East men's player of the week in late January, is now 5-3 in singles matches this semester. He and teammate Oliver Pramming are 5-3 in doubles and have helped the Bulls get a bit of swagger back in their steps heading into Tuesday's match.
"I think they fought their hearts out (Friday) and understood what it is going to take to win matches," said Barr of his Bulls.
Head back to GoUSFBulls.com on Tuesday evening for a full recap and results.