By TOM ZEBOLD
USF Senior Writer
TAMPA - The No. 70 Bulls were unable to hand No. 33 NC State the first loss of its spring season Wednesday afternoon.
The Wolfpack (8-0) matched their best start in program history with a 5-2 victory over the Bulls at the USF Varsity Courts.
Fanny Fracassi earned the first point for USF when she defeated Nicole Martinez, 6-4, 6-2. Danielle Mills also was a winner in singles competition after outlasting Rachael James-Baker, 4-6, 7-6 (10-7).
The Bulls look to snap a two-match losing streak 11 a.m. Sunday when Wake Forest pays a visit to the USF Varsity Courts. Admission is free.
NC State 5, USF 2
USF Varsity Courts, Tampa
Alonso-Martinez/Vasenina (USF) vs. Kissell/Illova (NC), DNF (7-6)
Martinez/Hande (NC) def. Fracassi/Montoya (USF), 8-3
Smith/Nelson (NC) def. Mills/Bonte (USF), 8-5
Joelle Kissell (NC) def. Katie Vasenina (USF), 6-3, 6-4
Tatiana Illova (NC) def. Loreto Alonso-Martinez (USF), 6-1, 6-4
Danielle Mills (USF) def. Rachael James-Baker (NC), 4-6, 7-6 (10-7)
Fanny Fracassi (USF) def. Nicole Martinez (NC), 6-4, 6-2
Elisha Hande (NC) def. Paula Montoya (USF), 6-1, 6-2
Chloe Smith (NC) def. Alessandra Bonte (USF), 6-2, 3-6, 4-6