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Memphis, Tenn. (April 20, 2014) – No. 26 USF won four of six singles matches to claim a 4-3 victory over No. 21 Memphis in the inaugural American Athletic Conference Championship at The Racquet Club of Memphis.
The second-seeded Bulls improve to 18-6 on the year while top-seeded Memphis falls to 14-4.
“I am super proud of the guys for their effort today,” said head coach Matt Hill. “We lost the doubles point and we lost at five singles which we have been spots we have winning out so other people had to step up. Oliver and Sasha were two of those guys who came back just a week later and beat their opponents after losing to them last week.”
“This team is so young but they want to work and get better every day. I think it was a great benefit coming here last weekend and playing Memphis even though we didn’t get the result we wanted. We watched the film and were able to put together a great gameplan which the guys executed here this afternoon.”
USF fell behind 1-0 after the dropping the doubles point as Memphis won at both second and third doubles. USF’s tandem of Roberto Cid and Sasha Gozun, the 41st ranked duo, were ahead 6-5 over the 8th ranked pair of David O’Hare and Joe Salisbury at the number one doubles spot when the match was stopped.
The Bulls quickly responded in singles action taking the first three matches to go ahead 3-1. No. 43 Cid took down No. 62 Connor Glennon 6-1, 6-4 at first singles followed by Federico Sabogal claiming a 6-3, 6-4 win at the sixth spot. Gozun capped the winning streak for USF pulling out an entertaining 7-6 (7-4), 7-6 (7-3) victory over Johnny Grimal at third singles.
Memphis bounced back to knot the match at three all taking the fourth and fifth spots to bring the match to the deciding number two spot.
Oliver Pramming delivered a remarkable comeback after dropping the first set 4-6 to claim sets two and three 6-4, 6-4 and give the Bulls the first-ever American Athletic Conference Championship.
Roberto Cid, who went 3-0 in singles and 1-0 in doubles over the Championship was, named the Tournament's Most Outstanding Player. With the victory, USF earns the conference's automatic bid to the 2014 NCAA Men's Tennis Tournament.
No. 1 - No. 41 Roberto Cid/Sasha Gozun (USF) led No. 8 David O'Hare/Joe Salisbury (MEM) 6-5, DNF
No. 2 - Connor Glennon/Cedric De Zutter (MEM) def. No. 81 Oliver Pramming/Ignacio Gonzalez-Muniz (USF) 8-5
No. 3 - Johnny Grimal/Ian Chadwell (MEM) def. Vadym Kalyuzhnyy/Everth Dzib (USF) 8-1
Order of Finish: 3, 2
No. 1 - No. 43 Roberto Cid (USF) def. No. 62 Connor Glennon (MEM) 6-1, 6-4
No. 2 - Oliver Pramming (USF) def. Joe Salisbury (MEM) 4-6, 6-4, 6-4*
No. 3 - Sasha Gozun (USF) def. Johnny Grimal (MEM) 7-6, 7-6
No. 4 - David O'Leary (MEM) def. Vadym Kalyuzhnyy (USF) 6-3, 7-5
No. 5 - Ian Chadwell (MEM) def. Ignacio Gonzalez-Muniz (USF) 0-6, 6-2, 6-2
No. 6 - Federico Sabogal (USF) def. David O'Hare (MEM) 6-3, 6-4
Order of Finish: 1, 6, 3, 5, 4, 2
Match Duration: 3:36
*= Deciding Match