TAMPA – The No. 57 Bulls continued to make quick work of opponents in the Big East Women’s Tennis Championship quarterfinals Friday morning.
Second-seeded USF defeated No. 10 seed Pitt, 4-0, a day after handing Villanova a 4-0 loss at the USF Varsity Courts. The Bulls improved to 8-1 in conference play this season and have won both of their tournament matches in less than two hours.
“It’s hot and humid. I think the best thing you can do is to win as fast as you can and we’re doing that,” head coach Agustin Moreno said. “We’re used to the weather getting a little hotter, but over the course of a couple of days it could drag you down.”
Alessandra Bonte and Kayla Rizzolo got things started with an 8-3 doubles win over Kimmy Borza and Karma Parbha. Fanny Fracassi and Paula Montoya clinched the first point of the match by toughing out an 8-6 victory over Molly Wickman and Amanda Wickman.
“The emotions of the Big East tournament with a lot family here, I think we’re getting used to it. As the tournament goes on, I think we’ll be sharper in that sense,” Moreno said.
Katie Vasenina didn’t have a problem staying in her zone while cruising to a 6-1, 6-0 win over Taylor Washington at the top singles spot.
“Yesterday I was really nervous especially because my family came and it was a big deal. Today I just played my tennis with drop shots and lobs. I felt really good on the court,” Vasenina said.
Montoya also looked sharp in a 6-1, 6-3 victory over Amanda Wickman while Loreto Alonso-Martinez capped the match off with a 6-0, 6-3 victory over Jocelyn Lu in the No. 2 singles position.
The Bulls are now one win away from booking their third consecutive trip to the Big East title match. USF will face No. 3 seed Louisville 9 a.m. Saturday.
“We’ve been waiting for this all season and we’re super excited,” Vasenina said.
Doubles: 1. Alonso-Martinez/Vasenina (USF) did not finish vs. Washington/Lu (Pitt) 2. Francassi/Montoya (USF) def. A. Wickman/M. Wickman (Pitt) 8-6 * 3. Bonte/Rizzolo (USF) def. Borza/Parbha (Pitt) 8-3
Singles: 1. E. Vasenina (USF) def. Washington (Pitt) 6-1, 6-0 2. L. Alonso-Martinez (USF) def. Lu (Pitt) 6-0, 6-3 * 3. F. Fracassi (USF) did not finish Borza (Pitt) 4. P. Montoya (USF) def. A. Wickman (Pitt) 6-1, 6-3 5. A. Bonte (USF) did not finish vs. M. Wickman (Pitt) 6. K. Parker (USF) did not finish vs. Parbha (Pitt)
Order of Finish: 1, 4, 2 Match Duration: 1:51 * deciding match