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.