By TOM ZEBOLD
USF Senior Writer
TAMPA – The USF men’s tennis team has picked up some national rankings heading into the first weekend of the season.
The International Tennis Association has ranked Sasha Gozun as the No. 8 incoming freshman in the nation while the doubles team of Oliver Pramming and Ignacio Gonzalez-Muniz is ranked No. 39 in the country.
“We’re definitely on the right track, and as the year goes I think we’ll have a lot more guys in the rankings once they get out there and start competing,” assistant coach Brandon Wagner said. “It’s definitely nice to have a few of our guys recognized already coming in to start the season.”
Gozun is originally from Moldova and has made quite an impression in America while living in Sarasota. TennisRecruiting.net has ranked Gozun No. 8 nationally in his graduating class and No. 1 in Florida after he was top five in the country as a 16-year-old. Gozun made it to the national hard court nationals last year before reaching the Easter Bowl quarterfinals and placing third at the Under-18 Super Nationals this year.
Pramming, a junior, and Gonzalez-Muniz, a sophomore, went 12-7 on the way to making the All-Big East Team last spring and they were ranked as highly as No. 47 in the nation at one point.
USF gets its season started in two different locations this weekend. One group of Bulls will compete at the Duke Fab Four tournament in Durham, N.C., while another group heads to Athens, Ga., for the Southern Intercollegiate. Four newcomers make up half of USF’s roster.
“It’s the first tournament for a lot of these guys and these are two of the best tournaments you can play at this time of the year,” Wagner said. “They’re going to be exposed to a high level of play and it’s a good gauge for coaching staff to see where they’re at.”