By TOM ZEBOLD
USF Senior Writer
TAMPA - Danielle Mills dug deep and delivered a valuable victory for USF on Sunday afternoon.
Mills' 6-1, 5-7, 6-3 win over Whitney Byrd got the Bulls past No. 46 Georgia State, 4-3, at the USF Varsity Courts. The Bulls have won three straight after starting the week with a 5-2 victory over Miami (Ohio) Thursday in Tampa.
"It's a great feeling to beat a ranked team," head coach Agustin Moreno said. "This team last year beat us, 4-3, so it was a good way to come back against exactly the same team."
The Bulls took command of the match early on by clinching the doubles point. Katie Vasenina and Loreto Alonso-Martinez got past Maryna Kozachenko and Jocelyn Ffriend, 8-4. Paula Montoya and Fanny Fracassi locked up the point by outlasting Linn Timmermann and Chaimaa Roudami, 8-6.
Vasenina and Fracassi won their singles matches in straight sets before Georgia State forced the decisive match.
The Bulls' home stand continues 2 p.m. Tuesday against Cincinnati. Admission is free all regular season at the USF Varsity Courts.
USF 4, No. 46 Georgia State 3
Tere-Apisah/Grgan (GS) def. Rizzolo/Mills, 8-6
Vasenina/Alonso-Martinez (USF) def. Kozachenko/Ffriend (GS), 8-4
Montoya/Fracassi (USF) def. Timmermann/Roudami (GS), 8-6
Abigail Tere-Apisah (GS) def. Loreto Alonso-Martinez (USF), 6-1, 1-6, 6-2
Katie Vasenina (USF) def. Masa Grgan (GS), 6-1, 6-2
Danielle Mills (USF) def. Whitney Byrd (GS), 6-1, 5-7, 6-3
Fanny Fracassi (USF) def. Linn Timmermann (GS), 6-3, 6-2
Chaimaa Roudami (GS) def. Paula Montoya (USF), 6-4, 6-2
Maryna Kozachenko (GS) def. Alessandra Bonte (USF), 7-6, 6-3