TAMPA, MARCH 11, 2014 – The Bulls picked up their biggest win to date as they defeated No. 27 Penn State 4-3 Tuesday afternoon at the USF Tennis Courts.
“This is the first time this young group has been in this situation and they responded,” said head coach Matt Hill. “It says a lot about their mental toughness and how they are growing throughout the season.”
For the second straight match, USF had to rally for the win after dropping the doubles point and losing the first singles match at the third spot to fall behind 2-0.
Oliver Pramming, Sasha Gozun and Federico Sabogal won the next three matches decided to give the Bulls the lead 3-2. All three players won in straight sets.
Penn State tied the score at three-all winning a three set match at fifth single setting the stage at first singles in a winner take all match-up.
No. 65 Roberto Cid answered the call for USF taking down No. 47 Leo Stakhovsky 2-6, 6-4, 7-6 (6).
The Bulls improve to 9-3 on the year and have won four straight matches. Penn State falls to 11-2 on the year with their only other previous loss being at the hands of top-ranked Ohio State, 5-2.
Next up for USF is a trip to Champaign, Ill. to take on No. 6 Illinois on Friday, March 14 at the Atkins Tennis Center. The two sides faced off in an open style format to begin the season in Ft. Myers as part of the Illini Open.
No. 1 – No. 45 Bader/Stakhovsky (PSU) vs. No. 24 Cid/Gozun (USF), 7-7, unfinished.
No. 2 – Reilly/Young (PSU) def. #69 Pramming/Gonzalez-Muniz (USF), 8-5.
No. 3 – Kohan/Lutschaunig (PSU) def. Dzib/Kalyuzhnyy (USF), 8-7(1).
No. 1 – No. 65 Roberto Cid (USF) def. No. 47 Leo Stakhovsky (PSU), 2-6, 6-4, 7-6(6).
No. 2 – Oliver Pramming (USF) def. Russell Bader (PSU), 6-2, 6-1.
No. 3 – Alex Fennell (PSU) def. Vadym Kalyuzhnyy (USF), 6-1, 6-2.
No. 4 – Sasha Gozun (USF) def. Roman Trkulja (PSU), 7-5, 6-2.
No. 5 – Matt Barry (PSU) def. Ignacio Gonzalez-Muniz (USF), 6-3, 1-6, 7-5.
No. 6 – Federico Sabogal (USF) def. Marc Collado Castells (PSU), 6-2, 6-4.