By Casey Goldstein
TAMPA - The USF men's tennis team is in Georgia this weekend for the 2013 ITA Southeast Region Men's Championship, where it will face some of the top talent from teams throughout Florida and Georiga.
"We're really excited about this weekend's tournament," head coach Matt Hill said. "It's a chance to see some of the best players in the region and the first step towards nationals in New York."
Three Bulls start play Friday in the singles qualifying draw. Senior Federico Sabogal earns the No. 3 qualifying seed and a first round bye, he will face either Joao Gaur (FSU) or Austin Emmit (Mercer) around noon. Freshman Paul Polarczyk also comes into qualifying seeded at number 5 and will face Valentin Horvat (Georgia State) in second-round match at 8 a.m. Sophomore Everth Dzib will also begin the weekend in the second round with an 8 a.m. match against sixth-seeded Jake Albo (FSU).
Main draw action begins Saturday morning with four Bulls taking the court. Freshman Sasha Gozun starts things off at 8 a.m. against Jannis Koeke (Georgia State). Sophomore Ignacio Gonzalez-Muniz follows at 9:30 a.m. against Miami's Henrique Tsukamoto. Freshman Vadym Kalyuzhnyy takes the court at 10 a.m. against Marco Nunez of FSU and senior Oliver Pramming begins play at noon against Chris Barrus (USF).
"It's going to be a great experiece for our guys and a great measuring stick," says Hill.
Doubles play begins Saturday afternoon with the fourth-seeded pair of Gonzalez and Pramming facing Casey Kay and Carlos Benito from Georgia Tech. USF's freshman duo of Polarczyk and Kalyuzhnyy will take on the second-seeded Blake Davis and Dominic Cotrone of FSU.
Head back to GoUSFBulls.Com Friday evening to find out how the Bulls fared.