By TOM ZEBOLD
USF Senior Writer
TAMPA – The young Bulls will gain some top-level experience in two different places this weekend.
USF gets its season started Friday with one group of Bulls competing at the Duke Fab Four tournament in Cary, N.C., and another group in Athens, Ga., for the Southern Intercollegiates. Four newcomers make up half of USF’s roster.
“The experience is invaluable for our guys, especially with how young they are,” head coach Matt Hill said. “They’re going to get their eyes opened a little bit with how high the level is in college tennis. It’s going to be really, really good for them.”
Freshman Vadym Kalyuzhnyy's first college test will be a tough one in North Carolina at 2:30 p.m., when he faces off against No. 26 Fred Saba of Duke. Junior Oliver Pramming faces another ranked Blue Devil opponent in No. 22 Michael Redlicki at the same time. Sasha Gozun, ranked by the ITA as the No. 8 freshman in the nation, will face North Carolina’s Stuart Depaolo, while sophomore Ignacio Gonzalez-Muniz takes on No. 96 Austin Powell of NC State.
Hill is with the other group of Bulls at the University of Georgia and Friday’s action starts at 8 a.m., when senior Federico Sabogal takes the court to face seventh-seeded Anton Kovrigin of Vanderbilt in the second division bracket. Paul Polarczyk, a junior, makes his USF debut with a match against fifth-seeded Luke Johnson of Clemson in the second division. Sophomore Everth Dzib has received a bye in the first round of the third division and will take the court Friday at 1 p.m.
“For us it’s just about competing right now,” Hill said. “The second tournament on the schedule is the ITA All-American in Tulsa, which is the biggest tournament of the fall. Every top team in the country goes to it and we didn’t want to show up their without some experience under our belt.”
Head back to GoUSFBulls.com on Friday evening to find out how the Bulls fared in their season openers.