By TOM ZEBOLD
USF Senior Writer
TAMPA – The USF women’s tennis team started the Knights Invitational in perfect fashion Friday in Winter Park.
The Bulls took four consecutive doubles matches from FAU opponents before winning five in a row against FGCU in singles at the UCF-hosted event at Rollins College.
Freshmen Vera Bessonova and Olga Martinez got things rolling with an 8-0 doubles victory, while senior Alessandra Bonte and freshman Hailey Grillo also didn’t give up a point in their win over FAU opponents.
Martinez, Bonte, seniors Kayla Rizzolo and Loreto Alonso-Martinez and freshman Olaya Garrido-Rivas earned straight set wins over FGCU opponents before senior Fanny Fracassi completed the impressive sweep by toughing out a 7-6, 6-2, 6-3 victory over Elizabeth Means.
The Bulls’ tournament run continues 10 a.m. Saturday with doubles matches against FGCU. USF finishes up the day with singles matches against UCF.
Vera Bessonova/Olga Martinez (USF) def. Bianca Biglione/Alexa Ricci (FAU), 8-0
Kayla Rizzolo (USF) def. Sarah Means (FGCU), 6-2, 6-4
Loreto Alonso-Martinez (USF) def. Johanna Sterkel (FGCU), 6-1, 6-0
Fanny Fracassi (USF) def. Elizabeth Means (FGCU), 7-6, 6-2, 6-3
Olaya Garrido-Rivas (USF) def. Bettina Botha (FGCU), 6-1, 6-3
Olga Martinez (USF) def. Candela Munoz (FGCU), 6-4, 6-4