FT. MYERS, JAN. 19, 2014 --- The Bulls picked up three big singles victories on the final day of the Illini Open Sunday afternoon.
Headling the day was Roberto Cid who picked up a ranked win by defeating 53rd ranked Elliot Orkin from the University of Florida, 6-2, 6-3. Oliver Pramming also picked up a ranked win, defeating Florida's Maxx Lipman, who is ranked 109th in the country, 6-3, 6-1. The third and final victory of the day came from Federico Sabogal, who defeated Michael Alford, also from Florida, 6-3, 6-3.
“Overall today, we were pleased with what we saw,” head coach Matt Hill said. “Before the tournament we were looking to play some better competition going into the season and we feel like we got that.”
The Bulls were unable to pick up any points against the University of Illinois on the final day, but Sasha Gozun played a good match against the number four ranked player nationally, Jared Hiltzik, losing 6-4, 6-4. Overall for the weekend the Bulls were able to pick up three singles matches from Illinois, while defeating Florida five times, including three ranked wins. In doubles, the Bulls picked up one win from each team, both coming in Saturday's play.
“Coming into this weekend we had some very specific goals with how we played on the court and how we played as a team,” Hill said. “We looked clean in the areas we had been training in and we saw areas we had not been training in that needed some improvement. Overall it was a good weekend for us and we got out of it exactly what we wanted.”
The Bulls will take the court next on Friday, January 24 taking on Florida Atlantic on the USF Varsity Tennis Courts. The match will begin with doubles at 2:00 p.m. and singles play to follow immediately after.
Childers/Page (ILL) def. Sabogal/Dzib (USF), 6-3
Kopinski/Guignon (ILL) def. Pramming/Gonzalez (USF), 6-4
Alford/Piro (UF) def. Gozun/Cid (USF) 6-4
Hidalgo/Newman (UF) def. Polarczyk/Kalyuzhnyy (USF) 6-3
Pramming (USF) def. Lipman (UF) 6-3, 6-1
Cid (USF) def. Orkin (UF) 6-2, 6-3
Diep (UF) def. Dzib (USF) 6-4, 6-2
Hiltzik (ILL) def. Gozun (USF), 6-4, 6-4
Page (ILL) def. Kalyuzhnyy (USF), 6-4, 6-1
Childers (ILL) def. Polarczyk (USF), 6-2, 1-6, 6-2
Sabogal (USF) def. Alford (UF) 6-3, 6-3