By TOM ZEBOLD
USF Senior Writer
TAMPA – Freshman Sasha Gozun won in his USF debut while the Bulls’ top doubles team of Oliver Pramming and Ignacio Gonzalez-Muniz advanced to the Duke Fab Four Invitational finals on Friday in Cary, N.C.
Gozun, ranked by the ITA as the No. 8 freshman in the nation, dropped his first set before storming back to defeat North Carolina’s Stuart Depaolo, 4-6, 6-3, 6-0. Gozun now turns his attention towards a quarterfinal matchup with NC State’s Robbie Mudge on Saturday at 10 a.m.
The 39th-ranked doubles team of Oliver Pramming and Ignacio Gonzalez-Muniz advanced to the Fab Four finals by posting a pair of 8-4 victories over William & Mary and Radford opponents. Pramming and Gonzalez-Muniz will battle NC State’s Mudge and Sean Weber in Saturday’s title match at 9 a.m.
In Athens, Ga., Everth Dzib advanced to the third round of the Southern Intercollegiate Championship third division with a 6-1, 6-2 victory over Liberty’s Alejandro Llamas. Dzib will face UCF’s Reece Acree in the round of 16 on Saturday at 1:30 p.m.
After singles ended Friday, Dzib teamed up with USF newcomer Paul Polarczyk to post an 8-4 victory over the College of Charleston’s Charlie Ghriskey and Garrett Gordon in the Division I doubles bracket. Dzib and Polarcyzk will see Clemson’s Luke Johnson and Dominique Maden in the round of 16 on Saturday at 6 p.m.
Duke Fab Four Invite
Sasha Gozun (USF) def. Stuart Depaolo (UNC), 4-6, 6-3, 6-0
No. 26 Fred Saba (Duke) def. Vadym Kalyuzhnyy (USF), 6-4, 6-2
No. 96 Austin Powell (NC State) def. Ignacio Gonzalez-Muniz (USF), 7-5, 7-6 (5)
No. 22 Michael Redlicki (Duke) def. Oliver Pramming (USF), 3-6, 6-4, 6-3
Horton/Weigel (NC State) def. Gozun/Kalyuzhnyy (USF), 8-7, 7-2
No. 39 Pramming/Gonzalez-Muniz (USF) def. Banks/Hoogland (W&M), 8-4
No. 39 Pramming/Gonzalez-Muniz (USF) def. Sayer/O’Keefe (Radford), 8-4
Southern Intercollegiate Championships
Division II Singles
Luke Johnson (Clemson) def. Paul Polarczyk (USF), 6-3, 6-4
Anton Kovrigin (Vandy) def. Federico Sabogal (USF), 7-5, 7-6 (5)
Division III Singles
Everth Dzib (USF) def. Alejandro Llamas (Liberty), 6-1, 6-2
Round of 32
Dzib/Polarczyk (USF) def. Ghriskey/Gordon (NC State), 8-4