By Casey Goldstein
TAMPA -- The USF women's tennis team opened play Friday at the USTA/ITA Southeastern Regional in Athens, Ga., with a strong performance in the doubles main draw.
Senior Fanny Fracassi and partner freshman Olaya Garrido-Rivas downed Sarah and Elizabeth Means of FGCU. USF's veteran duo of Kayla Rizzolo and Loreto Alonso-Martinez took a 8-2 win over Smith and Woods of Georgia Southern to advance to Saturday's round of 16.
The main singles draw played two rounds on Friday. The Bulls went 4-2 in the round of 64, getting wins from Rizzolo, as well as freshman Vera Bessonova and Olga Martinez . Garrido-Rivas rounded out the Bulls' four wins with a 4-6, 6-2, 6-4 win over in-state rival Kerrie Cartwright of Florida State.
USF returns to play Saturday morning. Return to GoUSFBulls.com for full results.
Doubles - Main Draw
Garrido/Fracassi (USF) def. S. Means/E. Means (FGCU), 8-3
Riobueno/Albuquerque (UM) def. Martinez/Bessonova (USF), 8-1
Rizzolo/Alonso-Martinez (USF) def. Smith/Woods (GSU), 8-2
Singles - Main Draw (Round of 64)
Olaya Garrido (USF) def. Kerrie Cartwright (FSU), 4-6, 6-2, 6-4
Stephanie Wagner (UM) def. Fanny Fracassi (USF), 6-3, 6-1
Simona Weymar (UNF) def. Loreto Alonso (USF), 7-6, 7-5
Olga Martinez (USF) def. Sofia Baptista (UCF), 6-4, 6-3
Vera Bessonova (USF) def. Danielle Jones (MER), 6-0, ret.
Kayla Rizzolo (USF) def. Masa Grgan (GaSt), 4-6, 6-4, 7-6
Singles - B Draw (Round of 16)
Alessandra Bonte (USF) def. Roxy Bartz (MER), 6-1, 6-1
Singles - Main Draw (Round of 32)
Maho Kowase (UGA) def. Olaya Garrido (USF), 6-3, 6-0
Silvia Garcia (UGA) def. Olga Martinez (USF), 7-6, 6-4
Olivia Janowicz (UF) def. Vera Bessonova (USF), 6-3, 6-0
Kourtney Keegan (UF) def. Kayla Rizzolo (USF), 6-3, 6-4