USF to Play in Championship Final of BIG EAST

April 21, 2012


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TAMPA-With a repeat of last year's finals, the Bulls get a chance to play for the Big East Championship title against first-seeded Notre Dame on Sunday.

After winning in the semi-finals, the USF women's tennis are headed to play for their second title since joining the Big East in 2005.

Leaving their opponents scoreless again, the second-seeded Bulls beat sixth-seed Louisville 4-0 Saturday afternoon at the USF Varsity Tennis Courts.

USF got off to a good start, winning the doubles point. Partners Ecaterina Vasenina and Lucie Rey defeated their opponents 8-4, while Fanny Fracassi and Danielle Mills won 8-5 to clinch the point.

Mills defeated her opponent 6-2, 6-2 to put the Bulls up 2-0. Vasenina won in two sets, 6-0, 7-6 (6).

Alessandra Bonte clinched the match for the Bulls with her 7-6 (4), 7-6 (4) win.

"I am so happy right now. It was a really tough match. We've overcome some obstacles and I'm really happy that we got the W at the end of the day," said junior Danielle Mills.

This will be the Bulls fifth time playing for the Big East Championship title since joining the conference. All of their appearances in the finals have been against Notre Dame, with one win and three losses.

"I think we have a very good chance, we know the courts, we know the weather. We're physically fit and hopefully that is all in our favor," said head coach Agustin Moreno.

The title match will be played at 9 a.m. Sunday at the USF Varsity Courts.

For more information on the tournament, click here.


USF 4, UL 0


  1. Ecaterina Vasenina (USF) def. Julia Fellerhoff (UofL) 6-0, 7-6 (6)
  2. Rebecca Shine (UofL) vs. Fanny Fracassi (USF) 5-7, 6-4, 2-1 DNF
  3. Danielle Mills (USF) def. Mandy Brown (UofL) 6-2, 6-2
  4. Manuela Velazquez (UofL) vs. Paula Montoya (USF) 7-5, 4-6, 3-0 DNF
  5. Alessandra Bonte (USF) def. Sarah Miller (UofL) 7-6 (4), 7-6 (4)
  6. Amelia Harris (UofL) vs. Lucie Rey (USF) 7-6 (6), 2-6, 2-1 DNF

Order of Finish: 3, 1, 5*


  1. Ecaterina Vasenina/Lucie Rey (USF) def. Julia Fellerhoff/Mandy Brown (UofL) 8-4
  2. Alessondra Bonte/Kate Parker (USF) vs. Rebecca Shine/Manuela Velasquez (UofL) 7-5 DNF
  3. Fanny Fracassi/Danielle Mills (USF) def. Sarah Miller/Amelia Harris (UofL) 8-5 *

Order of Finish: 3, 1, 5*

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