Tom Hagerty

Bulls Ready for National Indoor Qualifying

January 24, 2013


USF Senior Writer

TAMPA - The No. 50 USF men's tennis team has gotten hot at the right time.

The Bulls rolled to home wins over FAU and St. John's the past two times out and now turn their attention to the national indoor qualifying tournament that begins Friday at UCLA. USF starts off with matches against No. 57 BYU 1 p.m. Friday at the Los Angeles Tennis Center.

"It's a great experience for our guys because they haven't made the NCAA tournament in a few years. These guys need this experience, so when we get to May they can kind of feel comfortable once it's time for the NCAA tournament," head coach Matt Hill said.

The Bulls headed to the West Coast with confidence after defeating FAU, 6-1, on Saturday and cruising to a 7-0 win over St. John's on Monday at the USF Varsity Courts.

"We got exactly what we wanted out of last week and we feel good moving into this weekend," Hill said.

One Bull that's stood out so far this spring has been sophomore Oliver Pramming, who is 4-0 in singles and 4-0 in doubles with partner Ignacio Gonzalez Muniz. Pramming and Gonzalez Muniz clinched the doubles point for USF on Monday, and Pramming followed with a win over St. John's opponent Valentin Mihai in singles.

"Oliver has done an incredible job of putting himself into a position to do what he's doing," Hill said. "He's incredibly good under pressure, which is something you can't coach. He likes those big moments, he likes the big stage and he's really handling it well right now."

BYU is 4-0 heading into its first-ever meeting with USF. Friday's winner faces the UCLA-Cal Poly winner 3 p.m. Saturday. The consolation match is scheduled for 6 p.m. Saturday. 

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