Bulls Face FAMU at Home on Saturday
By TOM ZEBOLD
USF Senior Writer
TAMPA - The Bulls wrap up a three-match home stand against in-state rivals Saturday at noon when Florida A&M visits the USF Varsity Courts.
The No. 55 USF men's tennis team started its run with a 4-3 victory over North Florida on Feb. 8 before dropping a 5-2 decision against No. 54 Miami on Feb. 10.
The Rattlers (2-5) headed to Tampa after defeating Alabama State, 6-1, in their home opener on Feb. 8 and USF head coach Matt Hill knows the Bulls better be ready for FAMU's athleticism.
"FAMU has a very good team and we're certainly not going to overlook them," USF head coach Matt Hill said. "They're gifted athletically and have some guys that can really play at the top. It's going to be challenge for us."
Securing the doubles point is where it all will start for a USF team that's trying to make up ground on one of their ultimate season objectives.
"One of our main goals for this season is to win 75 percent of the doubles points and we're not on par with that right now," Hill said. "We're putting ourselves into some holes, coming out a little slow. We've worked on that every day this week."
Leading the way will be sophomore Oliver Pramming and freshman Ignacio "Nacho" Gonzalez-Muniz, who recently were rewarded for their solid play with a No. 47 national ranking. The duo have gone 6-2 this spring and gained ITA attention by defeating North Florida's top doubles team that was ranked 12th in the country.
"Nacho wasn't here in the fall, so we're in the first month really of them figuring each other out," Hill said. "You've got two very good doubles players and they complement each other well. We're really excited about the potential of them not only this year, but years to come."
Admission is free for Saturday's match at the USF Varsity Courts. The Bulls' spring season continues March 2-3 in Tallahassee with matches against Texas and FSU.