By TOM ZEBOLD
USF Senior Writer
TAMPA - If a team wants to rise above the rest in the Big East Championships it must be the toughest in the conference from a mental standpoint.
USF women's tennis coach Agustin Moreno knows that firsthand after his battle-tested Bulls took down No. 1 seeded Notre Dame to seize the conference tournament title in 2007.
Moreno sees the same kind of toughness in this year's version of the Bulls that begin their Big East Championships run in the second round 9 a.m. Friday at the USF Varsity Courts.
"We have to get through a lot of teams, but I feel we're very comfortable and we're in a great moment," he said.
Moreno has set up USF for success by scheduling as many Big East teams in the regular season as he could. The Bulls beat Syracuse, Georgetown, Marquette, and DePaul while their only loss came against the top-seeded Irish last Friday in South Bend.
"We've worked really hard and done everything we've had to do," said Moreno, whose team is again seeded second. "Everything is perfect do to what we need to do."
Admission is free for the Big East Championships that take place at three locations on USF's campus. Action in the 12-team tournament begins Thursday with seeds five through 12 battling it out to get to the second round of the winner's bracket.
USF plays Thursday's No. 7 Marquette-No. 10 St. John's winner on Friday and the championship match is scheduled for a 9 a.m. start on Sunday at the USF Varsity Courts.