By TOM ZEBOLD
USF Senior Writer
TAMPA - The Bulls wrap up their regular season on the road with two of the Big East's heavy hitters.
The No. 40 USF women's tennis team will be in South Bend, Ind., on Friday to face No. 19 Notre Dame before making a short trip over to Chicago on Sunday to take on No. 69 DePaul in the final stretch before the Big East Championships take place in Tampa on April 19-22.
"It's a way for all of us to have a chance of seeing each other, competing hard and having a chance of getting our rankings up," USF head coach Agustin Moreno said.
The action takes place one week after the Bulls played four matches during a three-day stretch that gave Moreno a good gauge on where USF is at as a team.
The Bulls (14-7) dropped a morning match against VCU, 4-1, last Friday before roaring back to defeat UNC-Wilmington in the afternoon. The same thing happened last Sunday when USF was defeated by Georgia State, 4-3, before the Bulls bounced back against conference foe Marquette in a 4-1 victory.
"Although we lost two tough matches, we came back and won. That physically means that we're ready and mentally we can stay there for a long time," Moreno said.
A ton of tennis in a short period of time was on purpose because Moreno said last weekend's action served as great preparation for when the Bulls host the conference tournament.
"My experience has been that to win the Big East, especially here in Tampa, you must stay on the court for a long time. That's how we did it in 2007," he said.
Friday's meeting with the Irish begins at 3:30 p.m. and you can follow it in progress here.