Bulls Begin NCAA Title Pursuit Friday
EVENT: NCAA Division I Women’s Tennis Championship (first round)
SCHEDULE: No. 33 USF vs. No. 22 Oklahoma State, Friday at noon
WHERE: Ring Tennis Complex, Gainesville
By TOM ZEBOLD
USF Senior Writer
TAMPA, May 8, 2014 – No. 33 USF is on a roll heading into the first round of the NCAA Division I Women’s Tennis Championship just two hours up the road in Gainesville.
The Bulls are a program record 15-match winning streak heading into a test against No. 22 Oklahoma State on Friday at noon at the University of Florida's Ring Tennis Complex.
“This is the national tournament and we’ve worked hard to get here,” head coach Agustin Moreno said. “There will be very tough opponents, but considering how long the season has been and how many matches we’ve had we’re ready. We have a lot of confidence.”
USF (18-3) punched its ticket to the program’s 11th NCAA tournament by defeating top-seeded Houston, 4-2, in the American Athletic Conference title match April 20 at the USF Varsity Courts, where the Bulls went 13-0 this season. Read more about the Bulls’ conference title victory HERE.
Oklahoma State (15-8) is making its 16th NCAA tournament appearance after playing in the Big 12 championship match for the second consecutive season. The Cowgirls have won 11 of their past 13 matches leading up to the battle with the Bulls.
“They’re from the Big 12 and they reached the final of their conference,” Moreno said. “They’re highly ranked with some good wins, but we’re also a good team.”
Friday’s winner will face the Florida-South Carolina State winner in the second round on Saturday at 3 p.m. The third round through the finals will take place in Athens, Ga., May 15-20. View the entire interactive bracket HERE.
After team play has been completed, senior and American Player of the Year Loreto Alonso-Martinez will compete in the NCAA Singles Championship, which begins May 21 in Athens, Ga. Alonso-Martinez is 18-5 overall this season and has won each of her past 15 matches.