By TOM ZEBOLD
USF Senior Writer
TAMPA, APRIL 13, 2014 – No. 25 USF finished up the regular season and previewed the American Athletic Conference Championship courts in a 4-3 loss at No. 26 Memphis on Sunday afternoon.
The Bulls (15-6) got a solid performance from Ignacio Gonzalez-Muniz, who won twice at The Racquet Club of Memphis. The sophomore from Gijon Asturas, Spain teamed up Oliver Pramming to earn an 8-7 doubles victory before he defeated Ian Chadwell, 6-4, 6-3, in the No. 5 singles spot.
Gonzalez-Muniz is 15-3 in singles this spring and he’s won three straight matches heading into the conference tournament that begins Friday morning.
“He probably doesn’t get as much credit as he deserves,” head coach Matt Hill said. “He’s just been such a consistent performer for us all year and it’s nice to have that.”
The Bulls picked up two more singles victories against the Tigers (15-6) thanks to a sophomore and senior stepping up late in matches. Roberto Cid (Dominican Republic) defeated Connor Glennan, 7-6, 4-6, 6-2, in the No. 1 spot and Federico Sabogal (Colombia) bounced back against David O’Hare in a 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 victory.
Hill said Sunday’s match served as a great opportunity for the Bulls to gain experience just days before they return to the courts to face more league opponents.
“We needed this before the conference tournament to be honest. I told the guys it’s disappointing to get the loss, but at the same token our goal is to win championships,” Hill said. “It’s more important next weekend than it was today. That doesn’t take away from the fact we wanted to win today, but ultimately in the big picture of things one of our major goals every year is to win the conference.”
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No. 26 Memphis 4, No. 25 USF 3
No. 1 -- #48 Roberto Cid (USF) def. Connor Glennon (Memphis), 7-6, 4-6, 6-2
No. 2 -- #121 Joe Salisbury (Memphis) def. Oliver Pramming (USF), 6-3, 6-4
No. 3 - Johnny Grimal (Memphis) def. Sasha Gozun (USF), 6-3, 3-6, 6-3
No. 4 - David O'Leary (Memphis) def. Vadym Kalyuzhnyy (USF), 6-3, 3-6, 6-2
No. 5 - Ignacio Gonzalez-Muniz (USF) def. Ian Chadwell (Memphis), 6-4, 6-3
No. 6 - Federico Sabogal (USF) def. David O'Hare (Memphis), 6-3, 4-6, 6-4
No. 1 - No. 8 David O'Hare/Joe Salisbury (Memphis) def. #32 Roberto Cid/Sasha Gozun (USF), 8-7
No. 2 - Oliver Pramming/Ignacio Gonzalez-Muniz (USF) def. Connor Glennon/Cedric De Zutter (Memphis), 8-7
No. 3 - Ian Chadwell/Johnny Grimal (Memphis) def. Finn Meinecki/Vadym Kalyuzhnyy (USF), 8-4