TAMPA - The USF women's tennis team kicked off day one of the
USTA/ITA Southeast Regional with some strong performances in singles.
Kate Parker, Katie Vasenina, Fanny Fracassi and Loreto
Alonso Martinez all made it through the opening round of 64 competitors, which
meant they would have to play a second match later in the day.
Vasenina and Alonso Martinez continued to
impress as they won their second matches of the day making them 2-0 and still
in competition heading into Saturday. Alonso Martinez is coming off of a 4-0
weekend in Miami.
Vasenina returned to form by winning in straight sets in both matches in her first tournament since suffering a pulled muscle
during the Riviera Women's All-American Championships.
"The first matches, they're usually the hardest ones,"
Vasenina said. "I had confidence after winning the four matches at the
All-American, but then I had an injury, so I didn't play in last weeks
tournament, so its actually a huge thing for me."
While Vasenina and Alonso Martinez both played well
individually, they also played well together in their doubles match by becoming the
only USF doubles team to advance to day two.
"Loreto won two difficult rounds and Katie won two difficult
rounds," said head coach Agustin Moreno. "This region is really tough and every
match is going to be tough."
Round of 64
Katie Parker (USF) defeated Taylor Hollander (UNF), 6-2, 7-5
Katie Vasenina (USF) defeated Morgan Bechtel (FGCU), 6-0,
Courtney Griffith (UCF) defeated Paula Montoya (USF), 5-7,
Franny Fracassi (USF) defeated S. Townsend (FAMU), 6-2, 6-0