By TOM ZEBOLD
USF Senior Writer
TAMPA – The USF men’s tennis team put together a successful season-opening weekend at two different locations.
The Bulls got wins from freshman Vadym Kalyuzhnny and Ignacio Gonzalez-Muniz on Sunday at the Duke Fab Four Invitational in Cary, N.C., while Everth Dzib made it to the quarterfinals of his singles bracket Saturday at the Southern Intercollegiate Championships in Athens, Ga.
“Overall it was what we needed in a weekend. We told the team it was about competing a lot more than it was about winning,” head coach Matt Hill said. “It’s the first tournament and we traveled to get some experience getting into the fall season. We hadn’t been training for that long before we left for these tournaments.”
Kalyuzhnny finished his Duke Fab Four Invitational run with a 6-4, 1-6, 7-5 victory over William & Mary’s Ben Hoogland.
“Vadym picked up the first win of his college career, so that was great to see. It’s good to him get it going,” Hill said.
Ignacio Gonzalez-Muniz defeated Radford’s Patrick O’Keefe, 6-3, 6-3, in the blue bracket’s consolation third place match.
USF’s highlight of the Fab Four Invitational was produced Saturday, when the 39th-ranked doubles team of Gonzalez-Muniz and Oliver Pramming won the championship match of the top bracket.
In Athens, Ga., Dzib made the quarterfinals of his draw at the Southern Intercollegiate on Saturday and lost to Clemson’s Fernando Sala Sanchez, 6-7, 6-4, 7-5. The match marked Dzib’s second three-hour marathon of the day after he booked a trip to the quarterfinals with a 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 win over UCF’s Reece Acree.