By TOM ZEBOLD
USF Senior Writer
TAMPA, APRIL 28, 2014 – No. 31 USF women’s tennis will be losing four very talented seniors after the NCAA tournament run and the Bulls have already started reloading the roster for 2014-15.
Head coach Agustin Moreno has announced the signings of Laura Argente and Jessica Cortes, who bring more international experience to the Bulls after putting together impressive tennis resumes at the junior level.
Argente, a 17-year-old from Spain, became a finalist at the Jovenes Promesas David Ferrar tournament in 2011 and made the semifinals in 2012. Argente has competed in more than 10 major junior tournaments worldwide and Moreno said she’ll continue the trend of highly competitive Spanish players on USF’s roster.
“I really like the players that come from Spain, as you can see from our current players they’re fighters,” Moreno said. “Our three Spanish girls stepped in at conference and won right away against Memphis, SMU and against Houston in the final. Normally they’re people that work really hard, they have that (Rafael) Nadal attitude. Laura is a good player and she’s been playing mostly professional tournaments at the junior level.”
Cortes, a 19-year-old from Monterrey, Mexico, has been ranked as highly as No. 253 by the ITF in singles and has really excelled in doubles, reaching the semifinals at the Grade A level as well as posting numerous victories at lower levels. Cortes, the No. 5 ranked junior player in Mexico, has posted doubles title wins at events including the Casablanca Mexico City, the Copa El Salvador ITF Junior, the IV Arabe International Cup and the Monterrey Contry ITF.
“She runs fast to the baseline and she’s a very steady player,” Moreno said. “I went to recruit her last summer in Mexico and she did well. She’s a great doubles player that’s very talented and she plays well at the net.”