Bulls to Face Heavy Hitters at Michigan Invite
By TOM ZEBOLD
USF Senior Writer
TAMPA - The Bulls will get a good taste of what competition is like against some of the best opponents in the nation this weekend at the Michigan Invitational.
The No. 43 USF women's tennis team will face foes from No. 16 Michigan, No. 18 Mississippi and No. 20 Georgia Tech in singles and doubles tournaments Saturday through Monday at the Varsity Tennis Center in Ann Arbor, Mich.
"We're going to have very good matches and good competition," USF head coach Agustin Moreno said. "It's the only time that we can have an individual and doubles tournament - not team - that's going to be indoors. It's a good practice for the dual matches we're going to have indoors."
The Bulls started their spring slate off with a 6-1 victory over Syracuse last Saturday at the USF Varsity Courts. USF took all three doubles matches and went 5-1 in singles.
"I was encouraged by the fact that the girls really competed hard as a group," Moreno said. "We went out and competed against a team that's pretty difficult."
Senior Danielle Mills showed she's remained sharp since the holiday break by becoming the first USF player off the courts in singles and in doubles with partner Alessandra Bonte. Mills cruised to a 6-0, 6-4 win over Komal Sufdor in singles and posted an 8-0 doubles victory with Bonte.
"Danielle Mills played some tournaments during the fall break. That tells you a lot that if you practice on your own, you'll be ready to compete," Moreno said.
The Bulls stay on the road to compete in the national indoor qualifying tournament that begins Jan. 25 in Los Angeles. USF faces No. 1 Florida Jan. 29 in Gainesville before heading home to take on No. 38 Florida State on Feb. 2.