TAMPA, APRIL 29, 2014 – Riding a program record 15-match winning streak and coming off an American Conference Championship in Tampa a week ago, the USF women’s tennis team (18-3) will begin its quest for an NCAA Championship just two hours up the road in Gainesville.
The Bulls earned an automatic NCAA bid and a first round match-up vs. Oklahoma State (15-8) on Friday, May 9 at the Ring Tennis Complex in Gainesville when the NCAA bracket was announced Tuesday. It will mark the 11th NCAA Tournament appearance for the women’s tennis program and sixth under head coach Agustin Moreno.
The Cowboys earned an at-large bid out of the Big 12 Conference. The first round winner will face the winner of No. 8 seed Florida (19-5) and South Carolina State (13-5) in second round action on May 10. Florida is one of 16 teams seeded in the tournament and will serve as a first and second round host site.
Third round through the finals action will be played in Athens, Ga. May 15-20. Georgia (21-4) earned the No. 1 seed in the tournament after winning the SEC championship.
USF extended its program record winning streak to 15 matches by defeating top-seeded Houston, 4-2, in The American championship match at USF while improving to 13-0 at home. The Bulls jumped 10 spots in the latest ITA rankings to No. 31.
Moreno said this version of the Bulls has been his favorite to coach in his nine seasons with the program and a mix of youth and veteran talent helped USF capture one of three American Athletic Conference championship for USF in the league’s first year.