By TOM ZEBOLD
USF Senior Writer
TAMPA - There is a method in the madness of the Bulls' marathon schedule this weekend.
The No. 37 USF women's tennis team plays a doubleheader of sorts Friday at home against Virginia Commonwealth (10 a.m.) and UNC-Wilmington (3 p.m.) before playing two more Sunday at the USF Varsity Courts against Georgia State (10 a.m.) and Marquette (3 p.m.).
That's a lot of tennis in a very short period of time, but it's all for a reason as USF head coach Agustin Moreno will tell you.
"It's all looking forward to the Big East," he said. "The weather is going to get hotter than it is right now and this is going to be the perfect training for the Big East, competing where it counts. We're going to have good teams and I think it's a great challenge."
The Bulls have won their past five matches and haven't seen action against an opponent since a 7-0 win over the University of Denver on March 21 in Tampa. The long period between matches also was for a very good reason. Moreno said the team stepped out of its routine grind of facing foes and got into a beneficial training period.
"It's kind of a like a preseason during the season. We had some time to really work out for the end of the season," he said. "Sometimes when you have so many matches together you don't have a time when you can practice. We did weights, running, sprints and a lot of tennis. We had a complete practice throughout just about every day of the week."
USF (12-5) is 6-0 at home this spring and Moreno knows more success this weekend will go a long way in showing his team's potential for the really important action that awaits the Bulls. USF hits the road next weekend to face DePaul and Notre Dame before hosting the Big East Tournament on April 19-22.
"If we do well this weekend I'm sure we're going to have a very good end of the season," Moreno said.