By NOLAN KRAUSE
Special to GoUSFBulls.com
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, 6-1
Courtney Griffith (UCF) defeated Paula Montoya (USF), 5-7, 7-6, 7-5
Franny Fracassi (USF) defeated S. Townsend (FAMU), 6-2, 6-0
Danielle Collins (UF) defeated Katherine Pyne (USF), 6-0, 6-3
Loreto Alonso Martinez (USF) defeated Josephines Haraldson (UCF), 6-1, 6-2
Round of 32
Alexandra Cercone (UF) defeated Kate Parker (USF), 6-1, 6-2
Katie Vasenina (USF) defeated Caroline Eberhart (UCF), 7-6 (7-5), 6-2
Makenzie Craft (UGA) defeated Franny Fracassi (USF), 6-1, 6-4
Loreto Alonso Martinez (USF) defeated Simona Weymar (UNF), 6-2, 6-3
Alonso/Vasenina (USF) defeated Ortiz/Blackwook (FAMU) 8-0
Stracar/Dubins (UM) defeated Parker/Pyne (USF) 8-2
Boha/Maisak (FIU) defeated Fracassi/Montoya (USF) 9-8